Oscar is an American drug dealer living with his sister in Japan. Killed during a drug bust, Oscar’s spirit enters the astral plane. His journey through life after death takes him back to the past and through the present neon club scene of Tokyo after dark.
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I had always been under the impression I was the only man whose penis emits a beautiful mysterious light as it does its business, but this film taught me that this is rather a common occurrence. Nevertheless, this film is fucking genius.
Noé will always be an acquired taste. This kakotopia of existential decay arrests the spectator's senses despite no desire to undergo vicarious, dizzying encounters where POV drug trips echo 2001. No, this is not purposeless. The fringes of society matter; Noé, like an automaton, brings their end-of-days machinations to life, with non-linear directive, the road to tragedy. The camerawork astounds. 100% authorial.
Metaphysics of sex and drug abuse. Beautiful, pioneering, experimental evoking images and sound treatment, yes... but weak story and repetitive filmic resources. A few scenes are rapturing, some other just annoying.
Though the rush, anxiety and claustrophobia tend to decrease in the second hour of the movie, it's fair to say that I survived this magnificent epileptic trip and I want more. Gaspar Noé, you're my dealer.
Noe's movies, but predominantly this one, gives me me this kind of unique feeling of claustrophobia which makes it hard for me to breathe. I have no idea how most of the shots were filmed, it's like it is pure magic sometimes. I feel like he is kind of a revolutionary filmmaker, finding new ways that no one had thought about, just like Godard.
He strikes my anxiety every time.
Noé sure likes to go on reverse. But it doesn't really matter which way you're going if you're stuck here forever, does it? Good job, Gaspar. You and Kubrick are the only ones until now to make me feel exactly there. You know... *there*.
Noe certainly gives us a metaphysical trip, an impressive esthetic experience exploring at its maximum the sensory possiblities within the film. Besides that, there is a will to deliver a melodrama, but all we get is an unsustained tragedy with no sense of narrative, filled with underexplored characters and a corpse for the main character. Impressive trip, disappointing film.