1. Holy Motors
Director: Leos Carax
Stars: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue
Like a breath of fresh, revitalizing air, French filmmaker Leos Carax's Holy Motors welcomely attacks the senses with unbridled imagination and creativity. It's as imaginative as it is transformative, following a nameless actor (Denis Lavant, in an outstanding performance) who makes a series of pit stops, while driving around in a stretch limousine, each of which allows him the chance to portray a different character in a new mini-movie. From a performance-capture suit to a leprechaun-like green suit, his various get-ups inform his many assignments, and they're all vibrant, funny, unnerving, and unnaturally surreal. Holy Motors is one cinematic fever dream from which you won't want to wake up.