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Posted on Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 by IFC Films News

Tags: ENTER THE VOID, News, Reviews, Sundance

Andrew O’Hehir of SALON

“There’s no way to summarize the paranoid, terrifying and surpassingly beautiful lysergic odyssey between life and death on which Noé takes us, except perhaps to explain that he has said his principal influences here are Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” and the “Tibetan Book of the Dead,” and by God, he has the verve and the special-effects budget to pull it off…Noé has here completed a journey he began with “Irreversible,” a film in which you could first see his desire to dissolve the distinctions between past, present and future, between happening and not-happening, between the physical landscape and the mental one, between life and death.

This is a daring, thrilling, awful and wondrous film…I wandered out afterwards into the snow feeling dazzled, dizzy, exhausted, grateful.

“Thanks to Irreversible, the notoriously graphic film that stirred up Cannes and Sundance audiences a few years ago, Gaspar Noé is already well known as a pusher of buttons and a churner of stomachs. His latest, Enter the Void, is certainly not a departure from that, but it is quite a bit more palatable, not to mention more thematically mature. From a technical standpoint, it is a marvel. From every other standpoint, it is totally jacked up. But I mean that in a good way…

If the film sounds like it must be visually astonishing, it is. How were these sets constructed to allow so much overhead photography? Where are the cuts being made in the shots that look continuous but must have involved multiple sets? How much digital trickery is used? Like David Fincher, Noé loves to make the camera do impossible things and access impossible locations, and it’s not just to show off…it’s a powerfully bizarre movie, a psychedelic trip that must be experienced — not just seen and heard but experienced — to be believed.”


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    Randy Nieukirk says:

    January 28, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    i love Noe’s films and the way he tells the stories. Cannot wait till this is released in the US. Is it true that IFC Films will be the distributor? When will it be released in the states? How long till it’s availble for home viewing??

    Anxiously awaiting….

    Brett frager says:

    February 6, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    When I saw this film at Sundance, all I could think afterwords was, “HOLY CRAP, that film just blew my mind.” After many hours of digesting the film I soon began to understand it may be the best film I have ever seen, only because its overuse of everything that is thought to be a ‘no-no’ in todays cinema experience. This film takes every audience member on a thrill ride through some of the best artwork ever made.

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