Enter the Void at Your Own Risk

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Enter the Void (2009) is a story centered on siblings Oscar and Linda about sex, drugs, death and birth, and more sex.  Although not an altogether ‘great’ film, it certainly forges a novel vector in cinema.  It’s presented as a sort of stream of consciousness, or more aptly stream of camera-ness, and is a technical amazement.  The filmmaker Gaspar Noé certainly Enter the Void - text blockhas an idea what he’s doing.

As I stated, Enter the Void is not a great film — the storytelling elements don’t support the film’s vision.  But at least the film has a vision — more than one can say for most efforts out there.  Besides occupying its own unique space, the movie’s dream-like state carries a spare but firm narrative about love and tragedy that I found compelling.

Manohla Dargis:

In “Enter the Void” the camera soars above the world like a bird, like a kite, like a ghost. It moves with smooth, gentle motions and seemingly indecisive purpose, passing through walls, drifting over alleys and climbing high above the roofs of a nighttime city agleam in jeweled color. At times it hovers next to one of the city’s inhabitants like an angel or a threat. Occasionally it even appears to take up temporary residence in someone’s head — dive-bombing toward the back of a skull like a blow — so that it (and we) can see the world directly from another point of view: This is your brain. This is your brain on a Gaspar Noé movie.

Early in the film, Oscar faces an Oscar Pistorius moment — he gets shot through the door of a restroom by the police — which never would happen in a million years.  This early death is precedent for the entire movie, and though I let go my incredulity after a bit, it bothered me for too long.  As a movie fan, I’m very glad I watched Enter the Void.  If this scene had been handled better, I’d rate a 7, but as it is, 6/10.

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Comparison Notes: films of Cronenburg and David Lynch, Scorsese’s continuous shot, Birdman, Blade Runner, Lost in Translation, Spun, Requiem for a Dream

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