Kylie the toast of Cannes

For a certain generation of British (and Australian) soap fans, Kylie Minogue will always be Charlene from Neighbours. The actress turned pop singer is hoping that her performances in the Cannes Film Festival success Holy Motors will change that.

Her film career has not exactly been illustrious. Mediocre in The Delinquents, her starring role opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in Street Fighter contrived to make the Belgian look like a sophisticated method actor in comparison to Minogue.

Holy Motors might adjust the orthodox opinion that Kylie should stick to the small screen or the recording studio. Leos Carax’s bizarre film has confused and delighted critics by turn. It’s an unclassifiable, obscure and occasionally infuriating stream of cinematic consciousness. Minogue is not pretending she understands it.

"I need to see it again in order to form an opinion of what it all means." she said. "I'm still flabbergasted. I mean, it's overwhelmingly beautiful. And it's not depressing, even though there's a lot of darkness in there, too. It's got talking cars. It's hilarious."

Happily the director had never heard of Kylie Minogue, so she didn’t have to put up with him whistling Can’t Get You Out Of My Head or I Should Be So Lucky on set. Minogue also enjoyed the freedom of not having to be Kylie. "I've been doing what I do for a long time," she said. "Normally it involves being that person – that 'Kylie'. This time I was able to go back to being 11 or 12 again, working on a set and being part of the gang. Blank page, open book."

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