Movie Review – Climax (2019)

Climax, 2019.

Directed by Gaspar Noé.

Starring Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Kiddy Smile, Claude-Emmanuelle Gajan-Maull, Giselle Palmer, Taylor Kastle, and Thea Carla Schott.


French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD.

At the risk of sounding like a personified fedora with opinions on film, Gaspar Noé’s Climax is not a movie you “watch” – it’s an overwhelming experience. Exotic disco damnation summoned from the bowels of Hell, supercharged by hallucinatory sexual symbolism. Credits flash with off-tempo timing, Noé’s collection of VHS influences frame interview segments, jubilation turns to artistic divinity than to ritualistic primality – you’ve never witnessed freestyle immorality this transfixing before. Noé, a mad scientist reinventing his own scattershot and forever-divisive formula, plunges into a psychedelic pool of pure primordial
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