The newest film by Leos Carax is the cinematic mindfuck of the year. At the center of the story: Monsieur Oscar, a middle-aged man working his way through a day of nine mysterious “appointments,” each one of which requires him to transform into a new character and plunge himself into what is essentially a new film. It’s disorienting by design, but Holy Motors is so brilliantly conceived, executed, and acted, you’ll be happy to get lost in its inexplicable folds. (SIFF Film Center, Seattle Center Northwest Rooms,, $10)