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|ENTER THE VOID (aka: SOUDAIN LE VIDE) (director/writer: Gaspar Noé; screenwriter: Lucile Hadzihalilovic; cinematographer: Benoît Debie; editors: Marc Boucrot/Jérôme Pesnel/Gaspar Noé; music: Thomas Bangalter; cast: Nathaniel Brown (Oscar), Paz de la Huerta (Linda), Cyril Roy (Alex), Emily Alyn Lind (Little Linda), Jesse Kuhn (Little Oscar), Olly Alexander (Victor), Masato Tanno (Mario); Runtime: 137; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Marc Missonnier/Vincent Maraval/Olivier Delbosc/Brahim Chioua/Pierre Buffin; IFC Films; 2009-France/Germany-in English)|
exploitation art film about a spiritual undertaking of the afterlife,
as seen through the eyes of a druggie."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
French-Argentinian filmmaker Gaspar Noé
Alone"), son of an Argentinian artist, writes and directs a far-fetched, freaky, brutal, and very loose
symbolic adaptation of The
Tibetan Book of the Dead (just
mentioning the book gives the film some weight). The postmortem
pic relates to us through
the P.O.V. of a
miserable low-life American killed in a drug bust. Using an annoying tilt-a-whirl camera technique (the same one
employed in his single shot nine-minute rape sequence in Irréversible), that leaves your head spinning as you
take in the night scene in the seedy milieu of a neon lit Tokyo or how
a dick looks as it enters a cunt. It's
an exploitation art film about a spiritual undertaking of the
afterlife, as seen through the eyes of a druggie.
After their parents died in a
car accident, the youngsters Oscar (Nathaniel Brown, as an adult) and
Linda (Paz de la Huerta, as an adult) develop a close
sibling bond. But they are separated in childhood, as each goes to a
foster home. In Tokyo, the adult Oscar is a DMT hallucinogen drug smoking small-time drug dealer, while
his younger sister is a stripper in a nightclub. When Oscar's wormy
friend Victor (Olly
Alexander) discovers he's
screwing his mom, he rats him out as a dealer to the police. When the
cops kill Oscar in a drug bust, the dead druggie trips out for the
remainder of the flick. It looks like a bad DMT trip, as Oscar's soul
goes out its body and soars through Tokyo until he's reborn in his
sis's womb when she's fucked by one of the siblings' home boys named
Alex (Cyril Roy).
experimental stylish film is a dreary bummer. Noé, the provocateur,
creates a film that looks
different than any other film but that doesn't necessarily make it a
REVIEWED ON 12/26/2010 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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