Maybe post your actual thoughts here so we can discuss them and the film?
The film premiers On Demand today…know what that means?
seeing it tonight
I had it already written there. I also wish to promote my site, but I understand for next time.
If I knew what BrandUpon…. looked like, I’d totally keep an eye out for him at the NuArt tonight.
I’m also seeing it tonight. :D
I caught it at the IFC center. I also have IFC On Deman but I’d recommend seeing it on a big screen first, as with any film really.
Checking this out on Oct. 22nd at the theater downtown. To say that I am anticipating this movie is a vast understatement. I’ve been counting down the days all year for this one; from the intro and the trailers, this thing looks like it appeals to all of my tastes in everything…cinema, visuals, music, story. Everything. Can’t wait!
Glemaud, I’ll be in the very back row with my girlfriend…where we always sit. :)
You kids are bad!
If only I could see this in theaters…ah well, won’t be long before someone uploads it now, I suppose.
What a marvelous piece of epileptic beauty.
epic opening credits
It was amusing watching the crowd be so elated after the opening credits, and the mood slowly decline the entire film, until reaching it’s lowest point upon reaching the 15 straight minutes or so of gratuitous sex causing people to then walk out.
Damn what a film.
Haha.. they walk out during the sex scenes, but not before with all the camerawork? Some people are so stupid.
Freaking amazing Film. My first time at the IFC Center and I get to see something so Beautiful, Resonant, and intoxicating. I can’t wait to catch it again. I had 1 person walk out of the 7 people that were there. This is the BEST FILM OF THE YEAR.
The stupidest people are the ones who think Noe knows camerawork. (Robert Peabody excluded)
The stupidest people are those who make broad generalizations without a modicum of substantial proof to back their shit up.
I saw Enter The Void purely for the visuals, so I wasn’t exactly disappointed in the mediocre acting or unoriginal story. It could have used maybe 15 more minutes of trimming, especially near the last half.
The first half was pretty solid in the way that Noe structured it, revealing Oscar’s past to us in bits and pieces. But the second half really seemed to lack focus, and it just got a little frustrating and repetitive (even the zoom-out from Linda’s vagina as she got an abortion couldn’t keep me interested). It picked up at the end, even though I think the love hotel could has used some cutting down as well.
What really struck me was how pessimistic the movie seemed to be. Noé operates entirely in histrionics: the characters are either angry, horny or miserable. The scene with Oscar and Linda in the field was almost jarring in its calmness and intimacy (even though a graphic car crash is just a few moments away). I don’t think the ending text of “THE VOID” is without meaning: no matter what Oscar does next it’ll probably be just as sad and painful.
the second half really seemed to lack focus, and it just got a little frustrating and repetitive
This is a highly conceptual film and a case where the characters and story really do take a backseat to the form and visuals. I don’t think it begins to lack focus, as the repetition is part of the Noe’s structure showing the endless cycle of life, or “the void”, or whatever you want to refer to it as, which we also see through the various match-cuts throughout. Enter The Void is an is an attempt at allowing the audience to experience death as the ultimate “trip” and it was one of the most successful attempts at capturing the first person perspective that I’ve seen. When Oscar is shot, it was almost exactly how I imagined that feeling would be like. The film has it’s flaws like any other, but I really admire Noé’s ambition and creativity.
Criticker gives it a PSI of 95 for me.
I just have to wait for a cinema around where I live to pick it up. Which may take quite a while.
there where 4 walk outs when I went. they were are ALL older people( I got a kick outta that), one looked like a NYU Film professor with his wife, they left before the whole love motel sequence, they missed out! THIS IS THE FILM EVENT OF THE YEAR, Avatar, what? Its crazy watching this film, cause you can see all of Gaspar’s film have been building up to this MAGNUM OPUS. I saw it sober I plan to return to the IFC Film center and watch it blazed off my skull.
The camera work is great in the film, Gaspar certainly has a passion for it regardless if he doesn’t know(Noe lol) the the exact technicalities of it all, that’s what DP’s are for. directors just have to HAVE an appreciation for it, and Gaspar has a deep appreciation
I cant wait to see Gaspar’s next movie, even if it means waiting like 3-4 years or more, he takes his time and releases movies that become EXPERIENCES. 2001 had such an impact on this man. I feel Stanley Kubrick would be proud of Gaspar, I know people are gonna be like WTF, IS RUDY smoking? I am smoking Enter The Void.
I remember hearing something about Kubrick expressing the urge to want to make a big budget movie with like explicit sex scenes. Some will say it was Eyes Wide Shut, but I feel he wanted to go further. I read somewhere that Mike Nicols at one point wanted to make Blue Movie, back in the 70s around the time of Midnight Cowboy. Midnight Cowboy got the X rating and won an academy award. So there was this sense in the air, around 1969 that porn was gonna intersect movies and vice versa, porn movies would get bigger budgets and would gain higher production values and offer some strong narratives while having full fucking action.
I heard that Gaspar wants to venture off and explore the realm of 3D film making and he said he wanted to a 3D porno, well I feel in Enter The Void he played with that particular in the scene where the Frenchman who longs for Paz Da La Huerta actually “makes love to her” and then we follow his penis into her body and so fourth…. I have a feeling when Taskahi Miike sees the movie he is gonna be like wow, perhaps even a little jealous but a good jealous because it was awesome.,
There is a guy on IMDB who I follow because I think he is a rebel genius and he has the most in depth analysis of Enter the Void: Check him out, its fucking deep
I know its crazy for us to believe someone on of all places IMDB is on the money but I read a lot of what RogeCamel posts, I stumbled upon him and he is on the money all the time…I dig his writing and ramblings so much, my own personal Pauline Kael, except I think he is a dude. Further in the thread he mentions this thing about the whole significance of the circles and the octagons.
also I plan on seeing this again in theaters multiple times, so if anyone in NYC is down, hit me up, msg me and lets do this! to LOOSELY quote the NaS & Daimen Marley “I got the guns, I got the ganja and we could blaze it up on ya block if you wanna” the block being somewhere on West 4th LOL
one last thing: after the movie these group of kids that saw the movie made me laugh, one said “yo, I AINT GOING TO JAPAN”
It’s so rare that you pay 10 bucks to see a new film and not regret it immediately afterwards.
If you have the chance to see this film in theaters—SEE THIS FILM AT A MOVIE THEATER.
There were about 7-8 walkouts when I saw it.
There was only 2 “walk-out’s” from what I remember, literally 15 minutes or so before the end.
No walkouts when I saw it, but there were only about 6 people in the theatre.
[If you haven’t seen it, go the last paragraph first] I saw the film yesterday in Bucharest, with an intro by Thierry Frémaux, and Gaspar Noe making an appearance to discuss it. [SPOILERS] The first thing he asked us was, who do you think was in that last shot, Linda or the mother. He said they filmed two versions and decided to use the one with the mother. Because it’s all one big trip down memory lane before dying, not what happens to the soul after dying.
I sort of resented him for “clarifying” these issues in the narrative, because I like an open ending, and having my own interpretation.
People didn’t really ask interesting questions. Though one of my friends asked him, what’s next, and he replied, a pornographic melodrama. Who knows if it was a joke. I asked him about his views on abortion, since he obviously has some issues with it, and he started joking about people having unprotected sex, which is bad or something. I thought I could get a decent answer out of him- boy am I naive. Oh, somebody asked about his influences and he put Videodrome in there, which prompted my friend to ask if he’d read any Gibson, and if that made him change from punk rock (his previous work) to cyberpunk (Enter The Void). Noe said that no, he hadn’t read Gibson and he doesn’t like punk rock. Maybe he didn’t really get the question by making it too personal. Japan is the embodiment of cyberpunk, after all. I don’t see the film being shot anywhere else.
I liked the film- it really keeps you on edge spiritually and visually, but it only uses The Tibetan Book of The Dead as an accessory or a starting point, no deeper meaning there. The first fifteen minutes, or until he dies, I felt sick and just wanted to throw myself into fresh air. There’s a lot of subliminal sound manipulation as you would expect with Noe films. Crane shots are always excellent for maintaining fluidity, but at one point you get craned out of your skull- very repetitive sequences. It’s more like a mad scientist experimenting with his lab rats to see how much they can take. And like someone here mentions, trimmings were in order. I’m a girl with a small gall bladder and no way out from the center of the row (it was packed).
It is really worth watching, without reading anything about it if you can manage that. If you haven’t taken drugs, you’ll know what it feels like; if you have, you’ll connect it to your own experiences. Enter The Void is, simply put, one step farther than anything you’ve ever experienced in a cinema.
I had tickets to see it in NYC and I gave em to my friends and they told me the same thing that Noe said the last shot is the mother not the sister. I saw it twice now. First time in theaters sober second time in my home tokin some reefer, and the second viewing went faster. I do think the movie should be seen twice. One thing that struck me was the fact that in the beginning the brother(main character) says if my sister ever has a baby with Mario, the japanese owner of Sex, Power,Money strip club, he would kill the baby. When the sister does get prego with Mario she gets an abortion. During the sex scene between Mario and Paz(the sister) the brother enters the body of Mario in mid cotius, so I wonder if he does not because he wants to bang his sister but to fuck with Mario.
Did anybody else knew from the minute the film began he was going to SPOILERS be reincarnated in his sister’s child? Most predictable ending ever, also, highly inaccurate.
but if you watch carefully, you’ll see that the blurry face at the end is actually his mother’s…