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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.

Director:

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 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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Country:

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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

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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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Pipe Dreams
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A neon ride into the grown up world
22 November 2009 | by WhatWhat191See all my reviews

This was my first film at the Stockholm Film Festival, I don't mean to brag but Gaspar Noé got to use my umbrella when the reporters took photos of him in the rain, never going to touch that umbrella again...

First I have to say "Enter The Void" technical masterpiece. The use of the camera is creative and splendid and makes the whole movie as a roller coaster ride. The special effects are really, really special. I got hooked on these technical superiority's in "Enter The Void" that I got all thrilled down my spine. Watching it at the cinema really gave it an incredible touch. The sound was ear piercing and in some scenes it made me jump in the seat. It could go almost half and hour without any dialog, just remarkable scenes and CGI. You could think by this description it's a joyful and happy movie, but it's really not. It's dark, sea bottom dark. This movie have everything all parents wants to keep away from their children. I just get the feelings this movie would get so censored in America it would be a whole other film when showed over the ocean. But censoring this movie is fatal and would kill it. I certainly hope everyone is going to get sucked into the void just as I did.

It was a great experience, I can't deny it, but what made me put an 8/10 was the length. Sometimes Gaspar really could have made some shots shorter, there were unnatural long phases that were totally unnecessary. So that's why I give it an eight. Other then that I see no faults in this masterpiece. Go watch as soon as it shows up in a cinema close to you.


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