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Enter the Void (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 5 May 2010 (France)
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A U.S. drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection.

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Nathaniel Brown ...
Cyril Roy ...
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Victor
Masato Tanno ...
Mario
Ed Spear ...
Bruno
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Little Linda
Jesse Kuhn ...
Little Oscar
Nobu Imai ...
Tito
Sakiko Fukuhara ...
Saki
Janice Béliveau-Sicotte ...
Mother (as Janice Sicotte-Béliveau)
Sara Stockbridge ...
Suzy (as Sarah Stockbridge)
Stuart Miller ...
Victor's Father
Emi Takeuchi ...
Carol (as Yemi)
Rumiko Kimishima ...
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Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Fantasy

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€13,000,000 (estimated)

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$43,651 (USA) (24 September 2010)

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$336,467 (USA) (24 December 2010)
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After the Cannes Film Festival the post-production continued. Sensory, visual and auditory elements were accentuated. Gaspar Noé edited out 4 minutes of the film and added opening credits (about 2 minutes). See more »

Goofs

15 minutes into the film, there is a bathroom POV scene where the character is looking into a mirror and splashing water on his face. in the sink, the hands have a ring on them, but in the 'mirror', they do not. See more »

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[first lines]
Oscar: Hey. Hey, Linda. C'mere. Come outside. I wonder what Tokyo looks like from up there.
Linda: I don't.
Oscar: Why not?
Linda: I'd be scared.
Oscar: Scared of what?
Linda: Of dying, I guess. Falling into the void.
Oscar: They say you fly when you die.
Linda: It's fucking cold.
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Crazy Credits

At the Cannes Film Festival the film was screened without any opening or closing credits, the film began with "ENTER" and ended with "THE VOID". See more »

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Referenced in Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013) See more »

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Vagues Lentes Boucles de Feu
From the Album "Shanti"-Partie 4
Performed by Jean-Claude Eloy
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Astounding and infuriating all at the same time!
23 August 2010 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Where to start? I saw this film nearly a month ago at Melbourne International Film Festival. I haven't quite been able to shake it from my brain since! Firstly, let's get the negatives out of the was. The film is at least an hour to long and, especially in the latter half, at times ridiculously self-indulgent.

However, as a whole, the film has this dreamy, hallucinogenic quality that absolutely entranced me. I admire and respect "Irreversible" a great deal; however, the at times raw emotional quality of "Enter The Void" struck a greater chord with me as a viewer. I love the scene where Linda finds out Oscar has died. One of the best uses of selective focus I've seen in film in a very long time.

This is a film that demands to be seen in a cinema. Noe's command of sound and vision is truly astounding to behold. On both a physical and psychological level, he really gets you into the heads of the characters. Apparently, Noe spent two years planning the camera-work on the film. This sense of attention to detail definitely shows in the finished product. A month after seeing the film, moments and images of it are burnt into my brain.

I will be the first to say that "Enter The Void" is absolutely an acquired taste and definitely not for everyone. However, if you have the mind and sensibilities for it, I can't recommend it enough. While not as deeply disturbing as "Irreversible", it is,in many ways, infinitely more challenging.

I have always loved films that can push me, provoke me and take me somewhere I have never been before. "Enter The Void" does all three. I can honestly say that, in all my years of watching films, I have never seen anything quite like it.

Can't wait to see what Noe does next. This film proves he is truly an artist in all senses of the word.


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