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ENTER THE VOID

Director: GASPAR NOE

135 minutes| France-Germany-Italy| 2009| Subtitled (English and Japanese dialogue)| D-Cinema.


How would you like to go on a journey to another plane of existence? That’s the invitation Gaspar Noe offers – and indeed the challenge he set himself – in this self-proclaimed magnum opus where the death of the central character is but the starting point. To say more would be invidious, since this is definitely a film to be approached with an open mind. Nominally the story of an expatriate American in Tokyo who gets mixed up in the drugs scene to fateful effect, its virtually limitless ambition seeks to burn into celluloid the very stuff of life and death, Eros and Thanatos. The directorial bravura and shock tactics of Irreversible were but a taster for this fresco of hallucinatory excess, sexual and otherwise, whose tangential relationship to standard forms of narrative and characterisation will doubtless prove divisive, but won’t leave anyone short of an opinion. Don’t miss out on what’s certain to be the most talked-about movie of the year. (Notes by Trevor Johnston).WARNING: ENTER THE VOID contains sequences of flashing lights likely to trigger a physical reaction in vulnerable viewers. It also contains extended sequences that may induce motion sickness in some viewers.

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