Enter the Void (2009)

Enter the Void (2009)
Director: Gaspar Noé
Writers: Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Gaspar Noé
Cast: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy, Olly Alexander
A drug-dealing teen is killed in Japan, after which he reappears as a ghost to watch over his sister.
Hallucinogenic head fuck (& spirit fuck) from Gaspar Noe the fantastic subversive director of I Stand Alone & Irreversible. Plot follows drug using/dealing Oscar as he dies and floats off into spirit form, he witneses what happens after his death as he rises from his drug addled body in a gutter like toilet, to his sister Linda's grief at being left alone. We also learn of his past, from birth and love he felt for his mother to car accident when he was about 8 where he lost both parents leaving him and his sister alone. We also learn that Oscar and Linda have developed a strange close bond together since their loss at such a young age. Thankfully if this sounds confusing we aren't alone in this journey we are slowly guided into it by Oscars friend Alex and his descriptions about the Tibetan Book of the Dead's theory, that we all leave our body and get to see our lives before we move to the next circle. It all ends in either a wickedly cruel way or an extremely clever twist, depending on the viewers point of view or even as I've read, version/cut you've been watching.

Its a visual/audio treat from its hyper flashing titles sequence to the very last scene, set among the neon lights of Tokyo and its seedier back street clubs,crack houses and strip joints. And filmed in 3rd person as if we are actually moving and following Oscar (this feels a little like the other world sequences of Jean Cocteau's 'Orphee' crossed with the puke induced head spinning sexual depravity of Jonas Akerlund promo video for Prodigys Smack My Bitch Up. The music is a subtle dreamlike mix of electronica and creepy Carnival of Souls like organ music. Enter the Void isn't as successful as Irreversible and say Some I dare think may say is style over substance, personally I'd class it style and some substance abuse, but whatever the viewers final verdict is, its an essential viewing experience.
(8 out of 10)

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