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Enter the Void (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 5 May 2010 (France)
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A French 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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Gaspar Noé

Writers:

Gaspar Noé, Lucile Hadzihalilovic (with the help of)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paz de la Huerta ... Linda
Nathaniel Brown ... Oscar
Cyril Roy ... Alex
Olly Alexander ... Victor
Masato Tanno Masato Tanno ... Mario
Ed Spear Ed Spear ... Bruno
Emily Alyn Lind ... Little Linda
Jesse Kuhn Jesse Kuhn ... Little Oscar
Nobu Imai Nobu Imai ... Tito
Sakiko Fukuhara Sakiko Fukuhara ... Saki
Janice Béliveau-Sicotte Janice Béliveau-Sicotte ... Mother (as Janice Sicotte-Béliveau)
Sara Stockbridge Sara Stockbridge ... Suzy (as Sarah Stockbridge)
Stuart Miller Stuart Miller ... Victor's Father
Emi Takeuchi Emi Takeuchi ... Carol (as Yemi)
Rumiko Kimishima Rumiko Kimishima ... Rumi
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

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France | Germany | Italy | Canada | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

5 May 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Soudain le vide See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,651, 26 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$336,467, 26 December 2010
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the dialogue was improvised by the cast. Gaspar Noé stated that, as he didn't understand English very much, he needed someone to tell him if what the cast was saying sounded good or not. 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 »

Alternate Versions

In some countries, the theatrical release was shortened by omitting reel 7 of 9. This removed 17 minutes of material. See more »

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Referenced in O Cão (2010) See more »

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Wine Glass: The Glass World
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The intellectual's 'Inception' - a 'Now I've seen it all' death trip back to life
13 December 2010 | by Radu_ASee all my reviews

So what could I add to what has been stated in the other reviews? Yes, 'Enter the Void' is definitely a trippy mindbuster, and as such anyone who requires story or frames to enjoy a film should give it a miss. Yes, the visuals are eye-popping and the ubiquitous stroboscope effects may cause severe nausea - I watched it on BR and couldn't help but thinking what an advantage home entertainment can be over cinema exposure. This is a film which may be best enjoyed alone, somewhat stoned or drunk, and very late at night. And the pause button is definitely a life-saver.

I can sympathize with those who felt tormented by the epic runtime and disparity between the first and second half of the film: the former is sort of a 'last film' of the protagonist Victor retelling his life, and therefore makes sense plot-wise, the latter is a meandering flow representing his attachment to his sister. It is a bit unfair to discard the film for this reason, though, because the dialogue between Victor and his best friend Alex in the beginning hints at what the nature and culmination of this attachment will be. The interspersed aerial shots of an increasingly CG-rendered Tokyo may actually put this transition into question - this could all very well be part of Victor's 'death trip'.

What I really liked about 'Enter the Void' is the setting, for I have lived in Tokyo myself for three years. The area where the story takes place (judging from where the CG puts the Tokyo Tower) should be Roppongi, which is an expat and night club haven; while the CG makes the place appear a bit gaudy, it is indeed populated by a disproportionate number of drop-outs and sleazy bees, and I've always wondered why there's no film about Roppongi yet - contemporary Tokyo is mostly condensed to the Yakuza backdrop of Kabukichô or the juvenile epicenter of Shibuya. So on that note, I appreciate a film about the expat world, as weird and dysfunctional as it may be.

'Enter the Void' pushes the gates of what film can visually do visually wide open, and therefore shouldn't be dismissed by any cinephile. But your viewing conditions will be crucial to whether you will love this film or hate it.


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