Enter the Void (Soudain le vide) (2009)
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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
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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.
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.
If Irréversible was Noé's 2001: A Space Odyssey, Enter the Void is his Pink Floyd laser show.
... 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.
...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)
- Oscar: If she ever gets pregnant, I'll kill the baby. I swear to God.
- Alex: The drug guy, he's a dirty bastard you know. Yeah, he likes boys.
- Oscar: Who is this?
- Linda: 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...
- Oscar: [looking over the balcony] Hey... I'm not gonna *jump* from here, am I?
- Alex: 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.
- Linda: This thing is not my brother.
- Oscar: Do you remember that pact we made? We promised to never leave each other.
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