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)
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"Enter the Void" isn't a movie. It's an illegal substance ingested through the senses.
"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.
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
Gaspar Noé proves again he is such an imaginative director, taking us with a subjective camera in a depressing psychedelic trip presented entirely from the point of view of the main character. An interesting drug-induced-like experience of strong colors and strobing lights.More
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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