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That's Deep, Bro! Enter the Void review!!!

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If there’s any movie out there that most reflects how a director spent his teenage years, it's definitely Gaspar Noé’s latest descent into psychedelia chaos “Enter the Void.” Mostly shot overhead from the first person perspective, this plumage into the other side feels like a Friday night Pink Floyd hologram show at the local planetarium. In this venue, underage stoners could philosophize over the secrets of the beyond, letting their inner Philip K. Dick take over while the drugs do their trick. Noé takes this experience one step further, supplying a potent dosage of spiritual rhetoric and jamming it with a kaleidoscopic vision of Japan into each frame of his near 3 hour odyssey. While it might be easy to accuse Noé of indulgence, or even pretension, “Enter the Void” is so equally fascinating and ludicrous that one can’t help but see it through.

Oscar (the barely seen Nathaniel Brown) is a 20-something drug dealer hustling the streets of Japan. He shares a small complex with his younger sister Linda (Paz de la Huerta, in the most revealing film performance since Margo Stilley’s coitus turn in “9 Songs”), who makes her yens as a stripper. While not the wisest siblings in terms of career goals, their genuine(maybe even incestuous)love for one another is evident.

One night, as Linda goes to work, a very-blazed Oscar is interrupted from his trip by his push-over partner Victor (Olly Alexander). Accompanied by his friend, a French vagabond named Alex (Cyril Roy), Oscar wanders off to The Void, a lower end bar where a drug bust gone wrong ends his life. However, Oscar's strange trip into infinity has just begun. Oscar’s out-of-body voyage guides him to his past, present, and a future in which his sprit sets its sights on resurrection. Oscar’s path lies on the perverted side of Dickens, where Noé’s warped vision of purgatory is laced with sex, substance abuse and tragedy.

Noé, whose films “Irreversible” and “I Stand Alone” go to the harshest of human extremities, has garnered well-earned praise internationally. A cult name here in the states, Noé’s tendencies to push sensibilities will not go over well with mass audiences (this is the guy who shot a seven minute scene with Monica Bellucci being raped. Yikes).

For those who haven’t seen his previous films, perhaps “Enter the Void” is not the best place to start, since for almost 160 minutes Noé’s maniacal wagging of the baton all over his magus opus; and while the film’s hellish scenery is an opulent of striking imagery, his brakeless handling does land a few accidental laughs. For instance, Oscar's traitor gets retribution, left to give head to another man(pretty mature, Gaspar). Like stated earlier, there is something adolescent about “Enter the Void” that strives to be so profound yet reveals itself for what it really is: a beautifully executed but occasionally foolish mantra for the eternally fucked up.

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Credits:
Directed by: Gaspar Noé
Written by: Gaspar Noé, Lucile Hadzihalilovic
Cast: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta


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