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Climax

ALT | Altered States

Another hallucinatory vision from the fecund mind of Gaspar Noé (Irreversible), Climax is an allegory that you can shake it to—if only to keep from shuddering at its nightmarish implications.

Recruiting a troupe of Parisian dancers as his latest batch of playthings, Noé imbeds us in the narrative’s 1996 milieu through the propulsive techno rhythms of Gary Numan, Dopplereffekt and Daft Punk. The film’s opening salvo is a masterful blending of stunning choreography, uncanny physicality and sublime cinematography that leaves you bug-eyed and gasping. And then the LSD-laced sangria kicks in, and things rapidly disintegrate into a mind-blowing amalgam of horror tropes and visually stunning set pieces as the after-party turns into Hell on Earth.

One could not imagine (nor would most even dare to envision) a more dizzying illustration of the technical brilliance Noé brings to his immersive explorations of humanity’s darkest impulses. And, on this occasion, he also reminds us that the devil has always been a dancer.

"Noé has served up another hardcore agape-horror—visually extraordinary, structurally and formally audacious… [He] is giving us a cinema of sensual outrageousness and excess that makes other films look middleaged and tame… Noé makes you experience his cinema intravenously."—Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

Art Cinema Award, Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes 18


Director Gaspar Noé
Country of Origin: France/Belgium
Year: 2018
Running Time: 96 mins
Language:In French with English subtitles
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Cast: Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Kiddy Smile, Claude Gajan Maull
Executive Producer: Eddy Moretti, Danny Gabai
Producer: Edouard Weil, Vincent Maraval, Brahim Chioua
Cinematographer: Benoît Debie
Editor: Denis Bedlow, Gaspar Noé
Production Design: Jean Rabasse
Production Company: Rectangle Productions, Wild Bunch
Distributor: Raven Banner Entertainment

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