Argentine film director/screenwriter Gaspar Noé is the man who has brought us I Stand Alone (1998), Irréversible (2002) and Enter the Void (2009). All three are exceptional films, each very different from one other.
Enter the Void, as Noé puts it, is a ‘psychedelic melodrama’. It is heavily influenced by experimental cinema and Noé’s own experiences with psychedelic drugs. As a viewer, you need to give this one time, patience and an open mind, in order to soak up and make sense of its bizarre collage of colourful sights and story lines.
Bathed in the sights and sounds of Tokyo’s neon-lit clubbing venues, Enter the Void follows one individual’s journey through a night crammed with significant experiences. The film is shot entirely from this one person’s viewpoint… but that is sure not to be exactly what you expected!
Enter the Void is a piece of art; an instant cult classic; something you have never seen before. This is a film which will greatly reward your patience. Its imagery will be burnt onto your mind forever, and what at first felt like a very long 2 hour and 43 minutes will develop into a great sense of awe and satisfaction.
You can find more information on this movie on Wikipedia and IMDb.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching trailers.
Title: Enter the Void
Direction: Gaspar Noé
Screenplay: Gaspar Noé
Editing: Gaspar Noé, Marc Boucrot, Jérôme Pesnel
Stars: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy
An absolute must being very stoned to watch (and keep up with) this. Worth the experience, not a masterpiece though. Peace out
Hi again! I managed to watch it without being stoned and I still got a lot out of it!!
That shows how good person you are Shimky =)
Probably you’ll not reincarnate, which is super
Now you are assuming a never take drugs. I only said I wasn’t stoned watching this film. :Op
One of my favourite films of all time. Always good to see people’s take on ‘The Void.
Oh and filmwise, in relation to this one, check out A Field In England. Would love to see a review of that. Cheers!
Matt, I’ve seen A Field in England. What a crazy pic.! I loved it.
I’m a big fan of director Ben Wheatley. If you haven’t seen them, I urge you to watch Down Terrace (2009), Kill List (2011) and Sightseers (2012).
I’ve been recommended Kill List before, but I’ll definitely put those others on my to watch list. Thanks! I’ve got an article on ETV in the works, come have a look over here in the coming days, let me know what you think.
This was one of the hardest films in the world to review. I loved the experience and technical accomplishments, but thought that the film itself was far too in yer face to for the sake of it. The final 60 mins, drag on and 10 just feel like porn for the sake of porn.
Still, like you say – burned into the brain for life.
I’ll have to watch it again sometime although I somehow don’t relish the idea – it was in many ways a hard slog!