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Of all the dance scenes in the film, only the first one was choreographed and the rest was the result of the way the dancers chose to express themselves through their own language. See more »
While the movie is supposed to be set in 1996, which is confirmed by the clothes, the music and the lack of smartphones, the French spoken in the film is very much 2010s, with many anglicisms or other recent verbal tics heard throughout the movie. See more »
Like many of Gaspar Noé's films, the typical closing credits are played at the beginning of the film. See more »
What to Do
Composed and Performed by Thomas Bangalter
(c) Delabel Editions/Daft Music
(p) 1995 Daft Trax
Courtesy of Daft Trax, Daft Music, Delabel Edition France for France and Concord Music Publishing See more »
There is so much energy in Gaspar Noe's Climax that I wanted to jump out of my seat and start dancing to the beats of the continuously humming techno soundtrack. Sadly, my fellow audience wouldn't have let me, but deep inside I believe that if I actually did, they would have only joined me. Such is the power of Noe's beautiful, philosophical, and insane techno-dance thriller that hypnotizes from the first frame itself through its immensely talented actors to the anti-climactic credits placement and shots of textual philosophical one-liners to eventually the conveyance of the moral of the short story. The story about a group of French dancers practicing in an old abandoned school premises for an upcoming tournament so that they can compete with the Yankees and show who rules the dancing world takes an ugly turn when the idiosyncratic characters - not one as same as the other - find out that their cocktail was laced with LSD by someone. Who? Why? These questions is in everyone's mind, but the music never stops and no one is in their right mind to sit and think and investigate. And by the time director Noe ends the shots - most of which are single takes - you realize that what you are seeing in front of you is the definition of intoxication and its consequences in its purest form. Climax is true madness and it will blow you away with its truthfulness. TN.
(Watched and reviewed at its India premiere at the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.)
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