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Enter the Void (2009)

 -  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 ...
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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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€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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A good film in desperate need of editing
5 August 2010 | by (Melbourne) – See all my reviews

Saw this at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Whilst I didn't enjoy Noe's first film I Stand Alone, I loved Irreversible.

There is lots to like about ETV and much to dislike as well. An hour into the film and I would have given it perhaps an eight or nine but by the end of the film I was frustrated. Why? Noe just can't help himself and you get the feeling he either didn't know how to end the film or simply just wanted to be shocking for the sake of it.

Visually, I couldn't help but be impressed. Some amazing shots, lighting (strobe) and editing techniques. Noe also mixes up the story well as he did in Irreversible. You are not spoon fed the story and I love the way he told the back story of the two leads.

Plenty of people walked out at the screening after the hour and forty minute mark and I couldn't blame them. Probably not because they were shocked but just bored and frustrated. Noe pads this out and it is such a shame as overall it ruined the film as a whole.

The acting is quite wooden and doesn't ring true but that is only a minor quibble when compared to the film's bloated running time.

Hard to fault Noe for his creativity, energy and style and refusal to follow norms in terms of narrative structure etc. Still, I wish a friend or colleague had tapped him on the shoulder or given him some constructive criticism about the last half of the film.

I can only imagine how much footage Noe might add into a Directors Cut

  • Lord help us. Perhaps he could learn some lessons from this and


streamline his storytelling and not feel the need to bludgeon the audience just for the sake of it.


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