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Entering The Void

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Don’t trust any reviews of Enter The Void. They’ll tell you all sorts of things: it’s terrible and brilliant and indulgent and offensive; overlong, infantile, homophobic, technically brilliant and badly-acted, etc. It’s all of these things plus a little bit more, and that’s exactly why you should see it.

As with his first two features, (1998’s I Stand Alone and 2002’s Irreversible) Argentine/French provocateur Gaspar Noe’s newest offering has, unsurprisingly, received a sharply divided reception. The plot follows young (and somewhat incestuous) siblings Oscar (played by non-pro actor Nathaniel Brown) and Linda (Paz de la Huerta) as Canadian expatriates living in Tokyo. As kids orphaned since a young age – through an event the audience sees multiple times – Oscar has pledged to never leave his sister, no matter what. That’s all shot to hell when, high on DMT, Oscar’s shot dead by the cops. But Oscar still can’t leave his stripper sister, so he remains floating about in a kind of neon limbo, watching over her. The rest is a little hard to explain; just think lots of psychedelic patterns, reincarnation, strobe lights and sex.

Enter The Void really isn’t really a DVD kind of film, so to experience it in all it’s flawed glory head down to Cinema Nova, where it’s screening exclusively. It’s also worth mentioning this Aussie cut is the shortest version released yet, at 137 minutes and missing reel 7 (!), whereas a MIFF screening earlier this year played to 160 minutes. Like it or loathe it you’ll have a memorable experience entering the void, which in this reviewer’s opinion puts it ahead of most other films this year.


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