- Gaspar Noé
- Gaspar Noé
- Sofia Boutella
- Thriller, Horror
- Run Time
- 1 hour 35 minutes
“Climax” takes whatever dance movie you’ve ever loved, turn it on its head and lace it with a touch of The Thing, Enter the Void and a dash of Demons and you have Gaspar Noé’s Climax. Merciless wooden roller coaster ride fuel with gender-bending with sex, drugs, violence, self-mutilation, neon lights, and extraordinary long takes. A French extremity movie, reminding me of the first time I watched High Tension for the first time. Provocative at every possible twist and turn, Noe has created an intriguing film.
The film begins with us watching casting tapes on a television. Through the lens someone of watching audition tapes of our dancers. The television engulfed with books and films that undoubtedly tells us something. Transitioning to their rehearsal space, Noe treats us to what has to be the longest and more intricate dance numbers in cinema. Allowing the dancers to showcase their craft, sensory overload is an understatement.
Around the conclusion of practice, the audience may start to get a sense of this is a period piece. Solely in the sense that it’s not present day. Nobody is checking cell phones nor dressed quite the like it’s present day. There’s so much going on, It’s hard to catch everything. Emmanuelle, a dancer that seems to be acting as a den mother rather than a dancer prepared a buffet for everyone to enjoy. The troupe begins to partake and relax a little specifically by drinking some sangria and dancing.
From here the film takes a page from Justin Kerrigan 1999 film Human Traffic. Tracking and rotating conversations around the party. Disrupting the party, Psyche the amazon dancer from Berlin urinates on the floor. Apparently unbothered by her actions, this is where the dancers start to take note that something isn’t right. Ultimately realizing the sangria has been spiked with LSD.
Panic ensues and becomes a remarkable exhibition of true terror. Leaving the dancers to survive the trip vs their own psyche. A melange of long take converts the narrative of this trippy film. Villainizing each character in their own right. Unrelenting in its beat, Climax is on the ride you want to get on! Rumored to have work with only a 15-page script. At a 1 hour and 35 minutes, Noe has given a real treat for the senses! Climax if playing in your area is a must-see film for 2019.