Enter the Void (Soudain le vide)

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Grimy and psychedelic, Enter the Void ushers audiences through an out-of-body experience with the eye for extremity and technical wizardry that Gaspar Noé fans have come to expect.



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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 mind-bending experience, ENTER THE VOID is sure to be one of the most talked-about films of the year. -- (C) IFC


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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.

    Jan 1, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 31, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "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.

    Dec 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/4
  • [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.

    Nov 12, 2010 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 11, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • Hallucinogenic, dazzling, depressing, daring and not entirely successful, "Enter the Void" is obviously out to blow some minds.

    Nov 5, 2010 | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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Audience Reviews for Enter the Void (Soudain le vide)

  • Sep 30, 2015
    Enter the Void is an amazing film and a unique experience. It is refreshing to watch a film that is challenging and conveys an author's vision. Recommended to those who crave the extraordinary.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2013
    Arresting visuals. Unique storytelling. Sex. Drugs. Death. Reincarnation. It all sums up to nothing somehow. Maybe that explains the title, but it doesn't explain the running time. Still, a very interesting project.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2013
    Ssince this is a movie made by the guy who also made Sodomite, you can always expect to see some explicit sex scene. The story is pretty sad and tragic to be honest. I can also say that the first person POV usage reminds me of Jonas Akerlund's music video Smack my Bitch Up and the early scene is clearly a homage to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. It's a good movie but still not as spectacular as Noe's other movie, Irreversible.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2012
    No matter how you cut it, "Enter the Void" is one crazy and downright morbid mind-bending experience that is quite a strain on anyone who views the film. This is not for the faint of the heart by any means, and I mean you better know what you are getting yourself into. Nobody I can think of besides myself and my best friend Brad could endure such a film, let alone garner an artistic and deeper look into the human condition and more so in death. The film is rated NC-17 as it contains extremely graphic and mature material including nudity, sexual content, language and some very disturbing visuals. Also of note, the film is not recommended for anyone with epilepsy or sensitivity to extreme flashing lights as the film can induce seizures. Overall, my experience "into the void" if you will, was quite an extraordinary one as the film demonstrated very original and extreme use of camera angels and artistic use of special effects. By no means is this an easy film or even enjoyable story but a very complex and original one that really draws the viewers into the seedy underworld of Tokyo and the terror behind every wall. The film uses a point of view camera perspective (as Brad pointed out the first we noticed with an effect for blinking) and the only time we see the main character is when he looks in a mirror or he is looking down on his body after he has died. The film is remarkable in it's perspective of Tokyo from the view of the recently deceased as he floats around seeing the destruction and sadness he has caused and the suffering of his sister. While one of the toughest films to view along with works such as "Salo or The 120 Days of Sodom" and "In the Realm of the Senses", "Enter the Void" is one worth watching for all it's creativity and complex story for those brave enough to endure it.
    Chris B Super Reviewer

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