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3.6
783 Ratings

Climax

Directed by Gaspar Noé
France, 2018
Drama, Mystery, Horror

Synopsis

In the mid 90’s, 20 urban dancers join for a three-day rehearsal in a closed-down boarding school located at the heart of a forest. They then have a party, but a strange madness seizes them for the whole night. If it seems obvious that they have been drugged, they neither know by whom or why.

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Climax Directed by Gaspar Noé
It feels possessed by an almost occult energy, navigating far beyond its narrative particulars to locate drug-fuelled arenas, sensorially overwhelming and flush with the agonies and ecstasies of a particularly bad trip.
September 02, 2018
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Self-justified provocation trumps any sense of profundity here, and it is difficult for me to say I liked the film when I had to momentarily leave the screening due to feeling physical ill, but Climax was nonetheless a unique cinematic experience, and stood so stunningly apart from an otherwise prosaic Director’s Fortnight line-up that it was hard to dispute the jury’s decision to give it the sidebar’s main prize.
June 27, 2018
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It feels rare to see a nuanced dissection of the effects of drugs on screen. The real-life rollercoaster results tend to get lost in translation, too often played as a comedic subplot or tragic death sentence. Noé’s dancers perform physical and mental intoxication with a heterogenous, visceral honesty.
May 21, 2018
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