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Enter the Void (Soudain le vide) (2009)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 5

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ENTER THE VOID, the psychedelic thriller by visionary French maverick Gaspar No (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.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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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.

December 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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"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.

December 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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[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.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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As chowderheaded as some of its underlying pretensions are, the movie's still an astonishing work of cinema, alternately brilliant and disgusting, nave and inspired, tedious and sublime.

November 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Hallucinogenic, dazzling, depressing, daring and not entirely successful, "Enter the Void" is obviously out to blow some minds.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Enter The Void is authentically meditative and beautifully shot, making it an unforgettable film.

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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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.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source:

This is what it feels like when a movie kicks you in the face.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

The discipline on display here, to stick with concept and to execute it with consistency, is intense and considerable.

February 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

... somewhere between an out-of-body experience and a nightmarish trance.

January 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

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.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

No'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.

December 31, 2010 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Comment (1)
NOW Toronto

...if you think last year's 'Avatar' broke boundaries, for every breakthrough James Cameron's film offers technologically, No's film does artistically.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: UR Chicago Magazine

It's an exploitation art film about a spiritual undertaking of the afterlife, as seen through the eyes of a druggie.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Liquefies screen space in ways usually reserved for experimental animators

December 23, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Love it or loathe it, you'll respect its ambition.

December 19, 2010 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

There is a line between mind-blowing and mind-numbing, and Noe crosses it early.

December 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer absolutely nothing you've ever seen in the cinema before.

November 14, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

"Enter the Void" isn't a movie. It's an illegal substance ingested through the senses.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

"Enter the Void" is banal, melodramatic, repetitive, monotonous and dull. As Oscar's junkie-artist guru, Cyril Roy is really very good. But we spend far too much time following the back of Oscar's head.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Enter the Void (Soudain le vide)

I just couldn't get into this movie. The direction is very different from most movies and this film has become a cult classic with a giant following right behind it. But for me it was a two-parter story that is a very repetitive, seizure inducing, mind mushing bore that is barely a film at all. It's a floating camera that captures sex and drugs. I would give credit to many of the longshots, over the shoulder shots, and POV consistency that is rarely used in films today, but it's not hard to figure out why that is after watching Enter the Void. It's a nauseating sigh of flashing colors and disgusting characters. It's one long gimic.
December 30, 2011
John Hein

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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.
November 12, 2011
Kristijonas Fussman

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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 beautiful
October 25, 2011
paul o.
paul oh

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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.
September 27, 2011
Dean McKenna

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    1. Oscar: If she ever gets pregnant, I'll kill the baby. I swear to God.
    – Submitted by Sammie C (17 months ago)
    1. Alex: The drug guy, he's a dirty bastard you know. Yeah, he likes boys.
    2. Oscar: Who is this?
    3. 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...
    4. Oscar: [looking over the balcony] Hey... I'm not gonna *jump* from here, am I?
    5. 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.
    – Submitted by Kunst J (2 years ago)
    1. Linda: This thing is not my brother.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Oscar: Do you remember that pact we made? We promised to never leave each other.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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