It will redefine for you the capabilities of the human mind and body. Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. This is definitely the kind of film that can be approached in the wrong way, both with the medium that you view it through, and with your state of mind. . The momentum returns during the final 10 or 15 minutes, and although this final phase is simply a logical conclusion of what had been blatantly foreshadowed earlier, it's nonetheless amusing and incredible to watch the taboo-breaking finale. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level.
Joe however survives the fall and was lucky to hit a ledge in the crevice. The film ends with some captions - one of which being that Simon came under great criticism for cutting the rope from other climbers. His trip down the mountain to within range of the tent where his weak voice was heard by the about to decamp climber and assistant is a truly unique and compelling survivor story, one of the most dramatic ever brought to film. Synopsis Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. In effect, the feel and tone of the story are immediately off-putting for the viewer, but since you've already bought a ticket, what can you do but follow it through? And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? As the story unfolds it is impossible not to sit shaking your head in amazement.
Getting to the top of the summit via an often near-sheer face was daunting enough and the duo made it. We have antagonistically long but brilliant takes, beginning in an apartment and ending in a bar, several blocks over. Too many films these days play it safe, being concerned with keeping the audience comfortable, safe and happy. Personally, the only emotion I consistently felt was a slight nausea, tinted with the occasional horror, or perhaps a shameful arousal, as there is excessive sexual content that is all wretched in one way or another. That must give each extraordinary satisfaction. Virtually all of the key plot elements occur within the first 90 minutes of the film.
The film is acted out in dramatised scenes but it is Joe's and Simon's words over the top that really will keep you hanging on. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. As one commented, eighty percent of injuries and deaths occur on the way down. By the end, Simon has put forward his many emotions so well that I was very moved. I also think a film like Enter the Void really needs to be approached with a separate set of goals than that of a normal film.
It is not without flaw but it is difficult to sit and just watch it - I was enthralled by it, a true dramatic human story that never let me get bored or distracted. Please go and see this film; you won't regret it. Simon's descent was perilous but compared to the still living Joe's evolving ordeal it was a walk in the park. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. The only reactions that Enter the Void will draw from you are negative ones. But if you're still intrigued then sit down and get ready for nearly three hours of mind-blowing imagery that you'll never forget! Enter Gaspar Noe, who clearly has no regard either for the well-being of either the audience or his actors.
And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? Also, the film is almost completely in first-person viewpoint, so you're constantly feeling confined to what Oscar is looking at, which are mostly psychedelic images. First of all, chuck any notions of entertainment, or even enjoyment, out the window. Perhaps he could learn some lessons from this and streamline his storytelling and not feel the need to bludgeon the audience just for the sake of it. Simon, a very experienced climber, and Joe, a younger devotee, sought to be the first to reach the top of Peru's Siula Grande through a forbidding and unconquered approach. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Synopsis Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Enter Gaspar Noe, who clearly has no regard either for the well-being of either the audience or his actors.
Joe however survives the fall and was lucky to hit a ledge in the crevasse. Visually, I couldn't help but be impressed. At the start I was like everyone else 'why would you do this stuff for fun' etc, and I still think that, but the story is so gripping that it is impossible to think of anything else. However the talking heads bit never even touches the surface of what Simon had to go through after they all got home - in a way that would have been just as interesting a part of the film as what Joe went through. Yet another reason to lament the closing of Film Four's doors, this film is the cinematic equivalent of sitting listening to someone tell you an amazing story in their own words. While no legal action ensued from the Peru near tragedy, the same issues are there and remain for viewers to think about and discuss. The running time is generous and allows Simon to tell his story properly, it is amazing and the sense of impossible odds and the sheer pain involved is brought to the audience very well - even with a handful of people in the audience gasps and 'ah's' were very audible.
The film opens with Oscar and Linda, siblings from the United States living in Japan, looking out at Tokyo from an apartment balcony. In the mid-80's two young climbers attempted to reach the summit of Siula Grande in Peru; a feat that had previously been attempted but never achieved. The film is shot with a certain frame of mind, and sticks to it with remarkable faith. I also think a film like Enter the Void really needs to be approached with a separate set of goals than that of a normal film. Reviewed by Anig-2 10 This film describes the true story of a climbing accident in South America in 1985, using dramatisation with voice-overs and interview excerpts from the three British men who were actually involved.
Still, I wish a friend or colleague had tapped him on the shoulder or given him some constructive criticism about the last half of the film. To technically maximize the experience, the film should really be experienced on the big screen. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void? More to the point, Enter the Void may not be a friendly experience, but this exact kind of experimentation and determined expression are just what cinema needs in order to be taken seriously as an artistic medium, when so many other directors air on the side of caution and safety. Their accomplishment in scaling Siula Grande has not to date been duplicated. The rope cut, Simon made his way back to base camp sure that his companion was dead. We are given characters and are exposed to their darkest moments, but are never given a real reason to care for them, or to perceive them as anything but wretched.