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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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€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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The film's world premiere was near the end of the Cannes Film Festival 2009 because the film was not finished at this time. Around 50 graphic artists were working on finishing the film. The running time of this festival cut was 163 minutes. Because of the tight schedule, the film was screened without opening or closing credits. The film started with "Enter" and ended with "The Void." See more »

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During the first sequence in the "Sex, Money, Power" strip club, the camera and jib/crane are visible in the reflection of the platform the dancers are on. 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

Referenced in O Cão (2010) See more »

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From the Album "Gaku-No-Michi"-Partie 1
Performed by Jean-Claude Eloy
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Stunning and beautiful....but infuriating
16 December 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This movie starts out in a style unlike most and you feel drawn into Tokyo and the flashing lights, as you see life from the point of view of our hero Oscar. A young Englishman with an unhealthy hallucinogenic drug habit living with his sister. He has earned enough money to bring her back to his side in Japan through dealing.

During the first 90 minutes we are treated to a hallucinogenic trip through Oscars eyes before he departs with his friend Alex to drop drugs off at the local club. We see drama unfold and enjoy the telling of our hero's childhood with his sister before another shock. Cleverly told through flashbacks the story is both intriguing and interesting as we examine their lives together and the effects of their actions. The visuals are amazing and the effects of flying from one scene to another are at first fantastic and dreamlike. However as you drift slowly from one scene to another you can only feel infuriated and frustrated at the plodding between the plot.

Still enthralled to find out what will eventually happen I found myself fast forwarding through the last 60 minutes to the story bits. I was rewarded with some scenes of bizarre debauchery in the Love Hotel before the story finale.

Having loved being shocked by 'Irreversible' I enjoyed 'Enter the Void' but was frustrated at the overdoing of the visual trips flying over and through buildings for maybe 60 minutes of the 175 minutes. If you don't mind chilling out (possibly with some chemical inducement to help) and just watching a visual masterpiece with a great story interlaced within it this movie is for you. Otherwise just have the fast forward button at the ready. Drug taking, gore, sex, and bizarre but true life acts, combine in a dream like story of life and a vision of death and fantasy. Id give this movie 8 out 10 if it were cut to a more reasonable length.


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