I don’t think there’s been a more divisive movie in the past year than Gaspar Noe‘s Enter the Void. It premiered (in hastily finished form) at Cannes last year and has done festival circuits since. IFC bought the film for US distribution, but before it opens here it is getting a real release in France, which is the reason for the trailer we have today. It is vaguely NSFW, thanks to shots of a few dancers, but they’re lit and edited in a way that most viewers should be able to use their discretion and get away with it.
The trailer comes courtesy of Twitch, and does a great job of representing both the unusual and rather intimate aspects of the film and also the angle that leads some to call it indulgent and pretentious. You’ll get only a hint of story here, but that’s enough for me.
I’m totally drawn in by the style on display here — the color, the relentless motion, the stroboscopic effect. And I love the shots of Tokyo streets that look like toy model sets. (And almost could be, for all I know.)
Here’s the recap synopsis, and under this trailer you can see the crazed opening titles for the movie, which really pull out all the stops.
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