Enter the Void

Gaspar Noé’s latest and long-awaited film is literally a cinematic out-of-body experience: a hallucinatory, neon-coloured cerebral death trip through Tokyo’s underworld and nightclubs, seen exclusively through the eyes of a young, American small-time pusher, who – to top it all off – dies half an hour into the film. Oscar and his sister Linda share an apartment in Tokyo, where she works as a stripper, and he makes a living selling dope. The latest sensation on the market is DMT – a drug that the brain itself produces in the moment of death, and which gives you a corresponding experience. When Oscar is shot in an ambush, he is caught between life and death by his promise to Linda to look after her, no matter what happens. The camera work is almost unparalleled in film history, and Noé’s neon mindfuck is inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead, mind-expanding experimental films and modern chemistry. ‘Enter the Void’ is one of its days’ most visually ambitious films, and has already earned a status as a kind of ’2001: A Space Odyssey’ for the ecstasy generation. Has to be seen in the cinema.

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