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(I) (2018)

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MPAA Rated R for disturbing content involving a combination of drug use, violent behavior and strong sexuality, and for language and some graphic nudity

Sex & Nudity

  • Simulated sexual activities are depicted in the film, albeit not excessively.
  • The film contains sexual scenes involving a sexually-diverse group, including lesbians, transgender and bi-curious individuals.
  • Some of the stronger scenes include one of two women engaging in passionate foreplay with female upper-body nudity shown; a scene where a man is seen thrusting against a transgender woman; a scene where a naked man is seen thrusting against a woman on the floor; etc.
  • There is also a fairly prolonged sexually-explicit exchange between two male dancers.
  • Several scenes of discreetly depicted masturbation without full nudity.
  • There is very brief full frontal nudity of a woman coming out of a shower; breasts and pubic hair are shown, although the shot is obscured somewhat by the location of the shower (on the right side of the shot it is in) and the dim lighting.

Violence & Gore

  • The violence isn't that frequent but it gets strong and disturbing when it occurs. It may be Gaspar Noé's tamest film but it's still far from being tame.
  • A man has his head slammed against a floor, although we do not see the aftermath.
  • A woman is seen lying in a pool of her own blood. It is implied she committed suicide with a knife.


  • Prolonged conversations about fucking, with graphic details.
  • One aggressive use of the word "c*nt." Multiple uses of "fuck" and its derivatives, most in a sexual context. Other milder profanity including "ass," "bitch," "shit," "slut," "whore," "damn," and "hell."

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The film features some drug use, seen mainly in the form of some dancers snorting cocaine.
  • While drug-taking is not frequent, the latter half of the film focuses entirely on how the dancers go out of their minds after consuming an LSD-laced drink.
  • The entire plot of the French drama 'Climax' revolves around a group of dancers who experience a bad trip after someone spikes their drink at a party.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • As the characters in the film experience hallucinations and descend into paranoia, induced by the drugs, some forms of disturbing behaviour are depicted.
  • Similar to the infamous S&M club scene in Irreversible (2002), there is a prolonged scene consisting of intense music and a continuous shot, with the camera flying around everywhere, making the scene all the more disturbing and frightening as we're never 100% sure what's going on. The images are pretty violent and unsettling. Wouldn't recommend seeing it on the big screen if you're sensitive to dizzying camerawork and strobe lights.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • The last 10 or so minutes contain rather explicit group sex, although the lighting and camera movements are fairly obscuring of it
  • During the last few minutes of the film, a brother and sister have sexual contact; although not depicted explicitly, there is some thrusting and touching, as well as some suggested coercion by the brother, and the last scene with them ends with him begging his sister not to tell their parents.

Violence & Gore

  • A woman uses a knife to cut herself repeatedly on various parts of her body and punching her belly (she's pregnant) whilst others encourage her. She does live (as seen at the end).
  • A young pregnant woman is kicked in the stomach. Later on, she punches herself in the stomach to prove that she was pregnant (blood on her hands) and cuts herself (face and arms) as the other dancers encourage her to do so. The scene looks insanely realistic, as it's done in one take.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • In the final shot, one of the dancers (who is implied to have been the culprit) puts several drops of LSD in her eyes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • These include a scene where a character deliberately and brutally kicks a pregnant woman in the stomach; a scene of self-mutilation where a character is seen cutting herself, drawing blood from her arms and face while the other characters egg her on.
  • A woman locks her young son in a generator closet to protect him from the drug-consumed dancers. She eventually loses the keys and the child screams and cries as he starts hallucinating and banging on the door to get out for almost the entire second half of the film, and eventually fries - not shown but horrifying to hear. The mother commits suicide because of the guilt.
  • In a prolonged sequence toward the end of the film, people are seen dancing, having sex, and generally going insane. Though the scene is dimly lit and hidden through camera techniques, the pounding music and the almost constant sound of screaming is enough to make the scene incredibly deranged and disturbing.

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