After winning the grand prize at the 2018 Cannes Director’s Fortnight, Enter The Void director Gaspar Noé’s latest (and reputedly greatest) provocation Climax comes to American screens courtesy of A24.
“Fame meets the Marquis De Sade.” – Variety
From director Gaspar Noé comes a hypnotic, hallucinatory, and ultimately hair-raising depiction of a party that descends into delirium over the course of one wintry night. In Climax, a troupe of young dancers gathers in a remote and empty school building to rehearse. Following an unforgettable opening performance lit by virtuoso cinematographer Benoît Debie (Spring Breakers; Enter the Void) and shot by Noé himself, the troupe begins an all-night celebration that turns nightmarish as the dancers discover they’ve been pounding cups of sangria laced with potent LSD. Tracking their journey from jubilation to chaos and full-fledged anarchy, Noé observes crushes, rivalries, and violence amid a collective psychedelic meltdown. Starring Sofia Boutella (Atomic Blonde) and a cast of professional dancers, Climax is Noé’s most brazen and visionary statement yet.
“Noé is giving us a cinema of sensual outrageousness and excess that makes other films look middleaged and tame.” – The Guardian
“More brilliantly deranged, in its microscopic vision of society in collapse, than anything the director has ever inflicted on us.” – The AV Club