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Enter the Void (2009)

Coming Out at 17 June 2009 in theaters.

Drama, Fantasy

Enter the Void is experimental drama art film written and directed by Gaspar Noé and starring Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, and Cyril Roy. Set in the neon-lit nightclub environments of Tokyo, the story follows Oscar, a young American drug dealer who gets shot by the police, but continues to watch subsequent events during an out-of-body experience. The film is shot from a first-person viewpoint, which often floats above the city streets, and occasionally features Oscar staring over his own shoulder as he recalls moments from his past. Noé labels the film a “psychedelic melodrama”.

Noé’s dream project for many years, the production was made possible after the commercial success of his earlier feature film Irréversible (2002). Enter the Void was primarily financed by Wild Bunch, while Fidélité Films led the actual production.

Oscar lives in Tokyo with his younger sister Linda and supports himself by dealing drugs, against the advice of his friend Alex, who attempts to turn Oscar’s interest toward The Tibetan Book of the Dead, a Buddhist book about the afterlife. The first segment begins with Linda leaving for work and then follows Oscar’s nightly routine through strict point-of-view shots, including momentary blackouts that represent blinking, private internal thoughts, and extended sequences of a DMT-induced hallucination.

Next, Alex meets Oscar at the apartment and they leave so that Oscar can deliver drugs to his friend Victor. On the way, Alex explains parts of The Tibetan Book of the Dead to Oscar: how the spirit of a dead person sometimes stays among the living until it begins to experience nightmares, after which it attempts to reincarnate. They arrive at a bar called The Void.

Director: Gaspar Noé

Writers: Gaspar Noé, Lucile Hadzihalilovic

Stars: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy, Olly Alexander, Masato Tanno, Ed Spear, Emily Alyn Lind

Cast:

Paz de la HuertaLinda
Nathaniel BrownOscar
Cyril RoyAlex
Olly AlexanderVictor
Masato TannoMario
Ed SpearBruno
Emily Alyn LindLittle Linda
Jesse KuhnLittle Oscar
Nobu ImaiTito
Sakiko FukuharaSaki
Janice Béliveau-SicotteMother
Sara StockbridgeSuzy
Stuart MillerVictor’s Father
Emi TakeuchiCarol
Rumiko KimishimaRumi
Akira KuzukiTechno Club Girl
Sayuki NakamuraTechno Club Girl
Kaori NakamuraTechno Club Girl
Naoko HirosawaTechno Club Girl
Kenji IsomuraStrip Club Manager
AkiraStripper
AnnaStripper
MarieStripper
RicoStripper
RisaStripper
RyôStripper
YuriStripper
SandraStripper
Milton JamesStrip Club Bouncer
Hideomi NagahamaBilingual Officer
Takaharu HachiyaBilingual Officer
Toshio HanaokaBilingual Officer
Kazuhiro NakanishiBilingual Officer
Adrien LedanoisBruno’s Friend
Keiji SuzukiBruno’s Friend
Simon ChamberlandFather
Joan HeithfieldGrandmother
Kenneth HeathfieldGrandfather
Jessica De MarcoSocial Worker
Lucas SiroisOscar – 2 years old
Ewan WidgeintonOscar – 2 years old
Alexandre BergeronOscar – Baby
Mackenzie FalcombridgeLinda – Baby
Federico AlettaClub Customer
Sayuki Matsumoto
Gaspar NoéMan in nightclub
Edward L. PapazianCustomer in Dance Club

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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