Enter the Void

Rated NR 141 min. 2010

It’s tough to imagine anyone having an I-can-take-it-or-leave-it response to Enter the Void. Gaspar Noé’s woozy psychedelic epic about the last moments and early afterlife of young drug dealer Oscar (Nathaniel Brown) in a neon-lit Tokyo is aggressively disorienting, elliptical, crass, and indulgent — a literal assault on senses and sensibilities from its seizure-inducing opening credits to the vaguely incestuous ambiguities of its ending. But just as the film takes the first-person view of its transmigrating protagonist, it also represents the singular vision of an ambitious filmmaker who hasn’t played it safe yet. The taboo-prodding visual extremes (from a post-abortion surgical tray to actual conjugal sparks) may provide state-of-the-art stoner mindblow, but Oscar’s tie to his troubled sister (Paz de la Huerta) is the literal heart of the experience.

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Director: Gaspar Noé

Writer: Gaspar Noé

Cast: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy, Emily Alyn Lind, Jesse Kuhn, Olly Alexander, Masato Tanno, Ed Spear and Sara Stockbridge

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