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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 ...
Rumi
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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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Gaspar Noé was inspired by the famous "star gate" sequence in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). For creating the special trippy atmosphere, the Norwegian VJ artist Glennwiz (Glenn Jacobsen) was contacted for use of one of his videos. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

References Altered States (1980) See more »

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Det Ar Bast Att Jag Borjar, Annars Kommer Jag Aldrig Hem_Nu Er Kominn Timi Til Ad Byrja, Annars Kemst Eg Ekkert Heim Aftur
Written by Nilsen, Thorsson and Sigmarsson
Performed by BJ Nilsen and Stilluppsteypa
Published by Touch Music (MCPS)
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Trippy & dreamy, but be sure you're prepared
24 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I attended the International Premiere of "Enter the Void" at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Fans of director Gaspar Noé, whose film "Irreversible" created a significant following, will not be disappointed. At two and a half hours long, this film is definitely not for everyone. But I knew that going in and got exactly what I'd hoped for and more. It's trippy, dreamy, and mesmerizing and left me shaking my head in wonder many times. Startling and risky performances punctuate the dazzling visuals. The biggest surprise for me: "Enter the Void" has much more of a narrative than I was expecting. I was prepared for a cinematic acid trip, which I got, but there is an actual storyline which threads through the experimental camera-work and effects which are at the heart of the film. I highly recommend this movie but with qualifications, though. There is a great deal of drug use and some explicit sex but the film is compelling.


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