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Gaspar Noé newest gem, CLIMAX

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Only six people reportedly walked out of a Cannes screening of Gaspar Noé’s newest film, Climax. “Aw man, no, no, no!” the director complained to the Guardian. “I usually have 25 percent of the audience walking out.”

A24 has released the Climax trailer, which you can watch below. Directed by Gaspar Noé (Enter the Void), the film follows a troupe of young dancers in a remote building whose celebration transforms into an LSD-laced nightmare.

The plot is straight forward. It’s 1996 and a dance troupe has been put together to tour the United States in order to demonstrate how fierce the underground dance scene is back in France. The members are a mix of straight, gay, lesbian, black and Hispanic French youngsters. Sofia Boutella plays the leader of the dance troupe. The film begins though with a series of video interviews for the prospective candidates as they answer questions the troupe’s creative director, Emmanuelle (Claude Gajan Maull), asks off camera. What follows is an immersive trip.

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"The picture is aided by some stunning lighting from Noé’s longtime cinematic collaborator Benoit Debie and LA based choreographer Nina McNeelly. Noé also benefits from Kiddy Smile helping him cast many of the actors from the Underground Paris Ballroom scene (dancers with little previous acting ability, but you’d never know it) and a phenomenal lead performance by Boutella. There’s also a spot-on soundtrack featuring classics such as Serrone’s “Supernature” and “Pump Up The Volume” by M/A/R/R/S/." (Collider)

"Climax” shares much in common with the levitating camerawork of his divisive “Enter the Void,” but unlike that sprawling endeavor, this 96-minute odyssey feels like just the right length to encapsulate his talent for disorienting viewers while inviting them into his madcap intentions of overtaking their senses. It might be his best movie; it’s certainly the best snapshot of a talented filmmaker committed to fucking with your head." (Indiewire)

"The sensationally titled Climax might have just as easily been called Gaspar’s Inferno, so intensely does it portray a descent into a hellish state after its divinely physical first half. Pairing his usual boundary-pushing sex-and-drugs fixation with a vital presentation of wildly exuberant dance and movement, Gaspar Noe has made a film that’s seductive in its rhythms and bold visualization of his young dancers’ sometimes beautiful, other times brutal somatic expressiveness. " (The Hollywood Reporter)

"Gaspar Noé is a filmmaker who literally wants to show you hell on earth. He wants to lead you into the pit, to make the ultimate shocking spectacle of our violence and addiction and depravity. He did it in two sequences of “Irreversible,” his 2002 drama of degenerate psycho horror: At a nightclub, a man smashed someone’s face — over and over — with a fire extinguisher, until his entire head was turned into hamburger. (When I first saw the movie, it looked so real that I thought, for a moment, Noé had filmed an actual murder.) Then, in an empty tunnel, Noé staged a rape sequence in a hideously long and unflinching shot — one of the most excruciating scenes ever filmed. You were practically invited to debate the morality of what you were seeing, yet there was no denying the debauched mastery of the button-pushing.

Ever since then, however, Gaspar Noé’s career has been haunted by a single question: Once you’ve taken your audience to hell, what do you do for an encore?" (Variety)

Check out the clip below.

The official synopsis reads:

From director Gaspar Noé (Irreversible; Enter the Void; Love) comes a hypnotic, hallucinatory, and ultimately hair-raising depiction of a party that descends into delirium over the course of one wintry night. In Climax, a troupe of young dancers gathers in a remote and empty school building to rehearse. Following an unforgettable opening performance lit by virtuoso cinematographer Benoît Debie (Spring Breakers;Enter the Void) and shot by Noé himself, the troupe begins an all-night celebration that turns nightmarish as the dancers discover they’ve been pounding cups of sangria laced with potent LSD. Tracking their journey from jubilation to chaos and full-fledged anarchy, Noé observes crushes, rivalries, and violence amid a collective psychedelic meltdown. Starring Sofia Boutella (Atomic Blonde) and a cast of professional dancers, Climax is Noé’s most brazen and visionary statement yet.

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Tags:   news, trailer, film news, Climax

Related:   Irreversible, Enter the Void


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