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Climax was shot with only a 5 page long script
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Gaspar Noé stated that the production of this film was the most peaceful he ever had, much contrary to the content of the movie. There where no arguments off set and no use of alcohol or drugs.
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For the dance scenes, Gasper Noé tried to push his protagonists to stimulate possessed states like those encountered in ritual trances.
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It took between 15 and 16 takes to shoot the first ten-minute opening scene which is all one continuous shot.
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Shot in 15 days.
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The film was written, shot and edited in only four months, in order to meet the Cannes Film Festival deadline.
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In the sequence when we see 'audition tapes' on a TV screen, also various books and VHS covers are in the frame, that provide clues to Gaspar Noé's inspirations: Visible are titles that reference Luis Buñuel, Dario Argento and Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran, famous for his ultra-negative views on life and humanity.
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According to Gaspar Noé, the first part of Climax is like a roller coaster, the second like a ghost train.
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The story takes place in 1996.
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Gapar Noé got the cast into the dissociative druggy psychosis mindset by preparing a collection of the best videos he could find on the web of people high on crack, high on ecstasy, high on acid. Also the dancers were encouraged to take whatever experiential aspects stuck out to them from the videos and run with them in the film.
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The cast consists of professional dancers with no prior acting experience, with the exception of Sofia Boutella who is the only professional actress. Although Boutella had the dancing experience that the part required, she hesitated to join the film since there was no script. Director Gaspar Noé encouraged his cast to improvise extensively, with the only limitation that they couldn't reference contemporary things like smartphones, since the story is set in the 1990s.
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For the shooting, Gaspar Noé defined some rules such as to film very quickly and in long shots.
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The scenes were shot chronologically.
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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.
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Some psychotic scenes that were choreographed in Possession (1981) inspired some of the scenes in Climax.
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Apart from the opening choreographed sequence, everything in the film was improvised.
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According to Gaspar Noé, Climax, once again, represents some of his dreams and nightmares.
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According to Gaspar Noé, the film is about a safe place turning into a madhouse.
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The synopsis provided for Cannes Film Festival's 50th Directors' Fortnight section was such: "Birth and death are extraordinary experiences. Life is a fleeting pleasure."
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The end credits appear 2 minutes into the film. Additionally, the main credits appear 45 minutes into the film and the title is revealed in the final 8 seconds.
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Gaspar Noé's first film to receive an R rating from the MPAA.
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The inspiration to do long takes was Victoria (2015) which is a two hours and twenty minutes long single-shot movie.
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According to Sofia Boutella, scenes required four hours of rehearsal and over 13 takes each.
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According to Gapar Noé, when he was a kid, it was always sangria he would use to get his fellow classmates drunk.
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Gaspar Noé's inspiration for the film includes lots of 70's movies such as The Towering Inferno (1974), The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and Shivers (1975).
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Inspired by the works of directors like Fassbinder, Pasolini, Bunuel, Todd Solondz and Lars von Trier.
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Sofia Boutella has been dancing for 15 years.
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Loosely inspired by a French urban legend from the 1990s. While Gaspar Noe and several other members of the crew claim to recall reading about similar incidents in the news, none can recall any specific details.
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One of Gaspar Noé's best reviewed movies, a fact that, by his own admission, made him somewhat suspicious, as he believes art in general and his movies in particular should be divisive and make the audience uncomfortable.
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Received a lengthy standing ovation during its premiere at the Cannes film festival.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The opening and closing sequences in the snow were completely incidental and improvised. The small suburb inwhich the crew were filming in had 2 days of snowfall during the shoot, Gaspar then proposed they fly a drone over a local park.
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Gasper Noé says he wanted to make a psychological drama that is the counterpoint to Stanley Kubrick's 2001 so much so that instead of seeing the apes evolve into humans, Climax is like the humans go back to being apes, humans are going back to their original forces.
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According to Gapar Noé, the reason that "Angie" by The Rolling Stones was used at the end of the film is that he wanted something sentimental and famous to be playing at the end. "Hotel California" by Eagles and other songs by David Bowie and Lou Reed were also considered.
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The second half of the film is made up almost entirely of a single unbroken 42 minute long take
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Although the title card "Birth is a unique experience" remains onscreen for several seconds, there are two additional title cards that appear almost subliminally, once in the opening credits and again near the end of the film. They read "Life is a collective impossibility" and "Death is an extraordinary experience."
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