This one’s a Must-see!

Oscar watches his own dead body.

Excellently disturbing; mesmerizingly original

It has been wisely said that independent films, which are more keen on avoiding the type of watered down tropes that will always appear in the typical Hollywood production, are usually the best films. Gaspar Noe‘s pyschadelic supernatural Fantasy film Enter the Void is a fine example of what these lesser known filmmakers do and why we should respect their work.

Enter the Void is a drug-related ghost film; disturbing on par with Requiem for a Dream. It is immensely hard to watch but nonetheless a greatly original and unpleasantly though-provoking film that is certain to keep the viewer awake at night, pondering. Or at least, that’s what I did.

The opening credits start and already the film is like nothing I’ve ever seen. The sequence is psychadelic and hypnotizingly so. The film’s focus is on Oscar (Nathaniel Brown) – or rather, through the very eyes of Oscar – a drug dealer who resides in Tokyo with his sister Linda (Paz de la Huerta). He visits a club known as The Void with his friend Alex (Cyril Roy), who explains to him The Tibetan Book of the Dead during their walk there. Just as he is about to deliver his drugs to a boy named Victor (Olly Alexander) but he is discovered by Japanese policemen who chase him down and shoot him dead.

This is where the film gets especially trippy. The rest of it seen throught the perspecive of not merely Oscar, but his spirit, which flies around Tokyo and observes how his death affected the lives of Linda, Alex and their foster family. As for their real parents, we find out in a series of unpleasant flashbacks that a car accident took them from Oscar and Linda. These flashbacks, I understand, represent how ones life will flash before ones eyes as they die.

It is certainly a though-provoking concept, but in such a terrifying way. What if this is real? What if the dead are invisibly observing us at all times. What if it is againts their will and they’re cursed with it? Will the same happen to us as we die? Is there such a thing as a soul after all? Probably not, but you’ll be thinking about it nevertheless.

Many might be appaled by how many sex scenes there are in the movie, but they do make perfect sense if you agree with a popular interpretation of the film – that Oscar’s spirit is searching for a new vessel for his soul and he is intending to enter his new mother’s womb at just the right moment. There is a even a scene that’s… nevermind; I dare not describe it, but if you choose to see Enter the Void, you will know which one I was referring to. Some of the colorful imagery, believe it or not, we can thank none other than Marc Caro (City of Lost Children; Delicatessen) for.

Enter the Void is not a film that’s good for smiles. This is one of the most depressing but simultaneously most mesmerizingly unique experiences I’ve had watching a film. Even if it contains slow moments where little happens and nobody speaks, you can still feel the unsettling, saddening emptiness that Oscar’s spirit must feel. The film also contains many trippy sequences, resembling drug-induced hallucinations, and if that’s not enough to keep the epileptics away, every time Oscar (whilst still alive) blinks his eyes, the screen briefly goes black. Incredibly clever but it will certianly irritate some people. It reminds me alot of Being John Malkovich, which was cheerful compared to Enter the Void.

Most of you have probably never heard of this film. Let me tell you that this is one that must be seen, especially if you desire something that’s really going to make you think. It is a beautifully filmed experience with trippy visuals, an equally trippy soundtrack and good performances for small-name actors. It is excellent.

After being equally disturbed by films like Enter the Void, Antichrist and Shame I have reached the conclusion that every rare instance when a man’s naked genitalia appears on screen, you will not be in a good mood after the film is over. Except if the wang in question belongs to Graham Chapman; then you’ll get a funny film.

5/5 whatever.

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