Enter the VoidFeature Film | Gaspar Noe By John Wilson
A disturbing, draining, and visually astonishing experiment from a director not prone to subtlety.
Extremely ambitious, mentally exhausting, and often horrifying, Gaspar Noé's Enter the Void is a wholly unique film about love and death. It's also not a pleasant film to watch—jarring POV shots from some truly insane perspectives make the experience dizzying and frenetic. Oscar (Nathaniel Brown) is an American drug dealer in Tokyo, living with his stripper sister, Linda (Paz de la Huerta), with whom he has a very close, borderline-incestuous relationship. After Oscar is killed by police in a drug bust gone wrong, his soul remains in Tokyo and observes the lives of those he knew, while flashbacks to his childhood (mostly involving breasts and violence) pepper the unfolding events. Enter the Void is extremely self-indulgent, though it is visually stunning and truly original in vision. Noé's magnum opus is certainly not for everyone, with copious graphic sexuality, disturbingly in-your-face chaos, frustrating iTunes-visualizer graphics, brain-melting strobe lights, and serious hard drug use, but underneath it all is a work of art that, while flawed, is still thoroughly impressive. Noé takes the audience on a hallucinogenic trip so absorbing that viewers might fail a drug test from just having watched it.
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