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Enter the Void

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France, Germany, Italy · 2009
2h 41m
Director Gaspar Noé
Starring Paz de la Huerta, Nathaniel Brown, Cyril Roy, Olly Alexander
Genre Drama, Fantasy

Oscar, a young American drug dealer and addict is living in Tokyo with his sister Linda, who is a sex worker. During a drug bust, Oscar is killed by police. His spirit then embarks on a psychedelic tour of life after death, journeying through his past, present, and future.

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Pico Banerjee Profile picture for Pico Banerjee

Mixing Buddhism with psychotropic drugs, watching Enter the Void immerses you into the mind of one very unordinary narrator. Disorienting, unpredictable, thrilling, and at times shockingly heartwarming, this film will take your eyes on a ride they will not soon forget.

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The Hollywood Reporter by

Many flashbacks to the children's early trauma, along with other scenes, are unnecessarily repeated several times.


Time Out by David Fear

A strong contender for both the artiest drug movie and the druggiest art movie ever made, Gaspar Noé's tour de force of forced perspectives and free-form grief is, in every sense of the word, a trip.


Chicago Reader by J.R. Jones

French director Gaspar Noe has kept a pretty low profile since his 2002 drama "Irreversible" notorious for its brutal nine-minute anal rape scene. But this epic, psychedelic mindfuck confirms him once again as the cinema's most imaginative nihilist.


NPR by Mark Jenkins

Confrontational and hyperactive, Enter the Void is a difficult film to experience. That's not because Noe is somehow inept. The Argentina-born French writer-director knows exactly what he's doing and what effect his swirling camera, exuberant colors and strobelike effects will have.


Los Angeles Times by Robert Abele

Suffice to say, unrelenting material like this isn't for everybody. That it is a gloriously filmic gesture - by turns jaw-dropping, elusive, silly, obnoxious, painful and beautiful - is celebration enough.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

Enter The Void is a trance-like experience, feeding the shimmering neon of Tokyo at night into a spectacular hallucinogenic head-trip.


Movieline by Stephanie Zacharek

A picture that's by turns inventive, tender and boring, and one that uses a variety of novelty point-of-view techniques: If Penisvision isn't your thing, then Vagin-o-rama just might float your boat.

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