Enter the Void (Soudain le vide) (2010)
ENTER THE VOID, the psychedelic thriller by visionary French maverick Gaspar Noé (IRREVERSIBLE, I STAND ALONE), is a cinematic thrill ride that's riveted audiences at the Cannes, Toronto, Sundance and SXSW film festivals. Nathaniel Brown and Paz de la Huerta star in a visceral journey set against the thumping, neon club scene of Tokyo, which hurls the viewer into an astonishing trip through life, death, and the universally wonderful and horrible moments between. An immersive and just plain mind-bending experience, ENTER THE VOID is sure to be one of the most talked-about films of the year. -- (C) IFC … More
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Critic Reviews for Enter the Void (Soudain le vide)
In visual terms, it's a whiz-bang marvel of swooping and soaring camera work and psychedelic imagery, lit by the gaudy fluorescence of Tokyo's seamier nightclubs.
If you yourself are stoked for a lurid, oversexed, stupid-with-Freud Midnight Movie extravaganza -- a trip to El Topo via Mulholland Drive -- there are worse ways to spend 2 1/2 hours.
"I hated that" will be a common refrain among people leaving showings of Enter the Void. Don't be surprised, though, if you find yourself still thinking about the movie the next day.
[It's] certainly an immersive experience that's decidedly difficult to shake. The problem is that it's also the most excruciating sit in recent cinematic memory.
As chowderheaded as some of its underlying pretensions are, the movie's still an astonishing work of cinema, alternately brilliant and disgusting, naïve and inspired, tedious and sublime.
Hallucinogenic, dazzling, depressing, daring and not entirely successful, "Enter the Void" is obviously out to blow some minds.
Enter The Void is authentically meditative and beautifully shot, making it an unforgettable film.
Enter the Void may be a monolith of sorts, but it's one erected solely as a testament to itself.
Broken down to its base elements, it's a detective-ghost story, not unlike M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense (1999), albeit one driven by some dazzling filmmaking bravado.
The discipline on display here, to stick with concept and to execute it with consistency, is intense and considerable.
... somewhere between an out-of-body experience and a nightmarish trance.
This is a film about... um ... life and death, we'll guess, and it involves a minor drug dealer, his sister, their dead parents and some cronies in Japan.
Noé's latest, Enter The Void, is just as ugly and cruel as his previous features but comes coated in a sheen of psychedelia and spirituality.
...if you think last year's 'Avatar' broke boundaries, for every breakthrough James Cameron's film offers technologically, Noé's film does artistically.
It's an exploitation art film about a spiritual undertaking of the afterlife, as seen through the eyes of a druggie.
Liquefies screen space in ways usually reserved for experimental animators
There is a line between mind-blowing and mind-numbing, and Noe crosses it early.
"Enter the Void" isn't a movie. It's an illegal substance ingested through the senses.
Audience Reviews for Enter the Void (Soudain le vide)
Quite possibly the most trippy and vividly realized films I've ever seen - Gaspar Noe's cinematographic flair is seizure-inducing yet absolutely stunning in scope. The same can be said for the film's plot - which is marvelous at points and nearly unwatchable at others. The film meanders and seems to lose sight in the last 20 minutes, but when the shocking ending arrives and the plot comes full-circle, you can let out a sigh of relief that it was all worth it.More
Yes, we know that its 1h30min worth of repetitive scenes but thats also the beauty of it. Its art-house and not intended to a fast paced action film. In the right mood, this film is beautifulMore
Technically stunning like Gaspar Noe's Irreversible, this is a kaleidoscopic head-fuck of extreme cinema, pulling in everything from POV noir Lady in the Lake (1947) to 2001. It's also dreadfully acted, tediously "profound" and painfully overlong. Shot through the eyes of drug dealer Oscar (Nathaniel Brown), the prologue pulses with power. But when Oscar is shot, his "spirit" / the camera soars above the city streets, into his past and inside the heads of friends, enemies and sister Linda (Paz de la Huerta). From here, it becomes a misogynistic, metaphysical dirge, with super-close-ups of Linda's weeping, Linda's vagina, Linda's abortion, dead-eyed graphic sex, ejaculation, conception and birth. Woah, that's like life, man.More
Wow. So that was what all the fuss was about! I have to confess, I watched it late on Saturday night after drinking a little too much wine. I made notes though, like I sometimes do in order to remember the things I want to mention in my reviews. I'm not sure I could say it better sober, so here's what I wrote:
"It's about life/death in a place that seems devoid of consciousness but also full of consciousness. F**k liner narrative, who needs it. I'm glad I'm drunk. Doesn't matter though, this is art, it will find you if you want it to. Simple. This film is sobering me up and making me more drunk. Provocative! The birth of death? Best example of digital stuff. determination & dedication. This is a project! Disturbing, amazing, hard to ignore. A good kick in the balls. Maybe it's because I'm drunk that I'm not insulted. 5/5 for balls or insanity. 'This is who I am' Wonderful wrongness - ridiculous & wonderful"
It's probably my best review yet, I can't decide whether Gaspar Noe should direct every film from now on or if I should drink heavily before watching every film from now on.
On the serious side though, I actually watched it again sober (and slightly hung-over). Considering it's supposed to be like a drug trip, maybe it was best to watch drunk. I think I enjoyed the drunk version most but I appreciated the sober one more. I think this is a very rare example of you either love it or hate it but actually, you can love and hate it at the same time. Maybe I need to watch it upside down or underwater next to get more of a scope but I think I loved it. Gaspar Noe impressed me so much with the controversial Irreversible, I can't help but think this is more masterpiece than 'mad man at work'. He's certainly a director in a league of his own. 5 stars from me but that's not necessarily a recommendation. You'd better watch it and make you own mind up!
Enter the Void (Soudain le vide) Quotes
- If she ever gets pregnant, I'll kill the baby. I swear to God.
- The drug guy, he's a dirty bastard you know. Yeah, he likes boys.
- Who is this?
- Bruno, the guy that gave me drugs. Don't even take a drink. You take a drink, you might wake up two days later with his shit in your mouth, you know. [pause] Or your own shit, you know. I should be able to get him to see you today but I won't come back with you so you should be careful. You know what his new trick is? He can't even be turned on by fucking now, so what he does is...
- [looking over the balcony] Hey... I'm not gonna *jump* from here, am I?
- Hey, once a new guy gives him a blowjob, yeah, he sticks his finger inside his own ass, and then he wipes his finger on the back of their head. So they walk around with shit on their hair.
- This thing is not my brother.
- Do you remember that pact we made? We promised to never leave each other.
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