“Enter the Void” Review

7 December, 2016

Year of Release: 2009
Gaspar Noé
Gaspar Noé, Lucile Hadzihalilovic
Director of Photography: 
Benoît Debie
Cast: Paz de la Huerta, Nathaniel Brown

Synopsis: A psychedelic journey centred on the life and death of an American drug dealer who relocates to Tokyo only to get killed by armed police during a drug raid. Enter the Void depicts the dying man’s final moments on earth as he experiences the ultimate trip while his past memories merge with the observations of his lingering spirit.

Enter the Void Review:

Under the sumptuous neon haze of Benoît Debie’s marvellous cinematography, “Enter the Void” spins on its axis in a succession of woozy moments that fall onto Gaspar Noé’s canvas like hot candle wax. Made by the Einstein of stoners, the film allows us to experience the perfect union of style and substance, and there isn’t enough praise in the world that can be given to an innovator like Noé as he plunges head-first into his immersive vacuum.

Masterfully combining the weightlessness of a drug trip with the brutal tug of reality, “Enter the Void” is a film that speaks profoundly to its audience through a set of enrapturing visuals, leaving your eardrums to interpret the sleepy echo of voices and movement as a dead protagonist lingers in an omniscient, intangible form. It’s in this space that Noé overlays a glorious surface display of pizazz and colour with a horrifying depiction of life and death as tragedy forges a bond between a brother and sister, only to forever change their relationship.

“Enter the Void” is unforgivingly Oedipal in its intentions and yet Noé quite astonishingly, and rather naturally, manages to create sympathy through the implication of incestual desire. Choosing to make substantial use of a first-person perspective, Noé sucks us into his tunnel vision and his seedy orgy of past and present turmoil normalises the abnormal, creating a violated movie that is both hard-hitting and intensely beautiful.



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