It’s apparently just a movie called “Enter the Void” from director Gasper Noe which divided viewers at Sundance this year. In my gore-phobe cinema chicken hood, I’ve avoided seeing Noe’s infamously ultraviolent and/or disturbing art-house sensations, “Irreversible” and “I Stand Alone.” This time, however, I’m not imtimidated and ready to have my mind blown, or the opposite.
Certainly this new film is no less a love-it/hate-it/respect-it-but-vow-never-to-see-it-again proposition than past Noe films. However, this time the issue is not so much violence, or even the apparently frequent sex scenes (not a problem for me), so much as the fact that even critics who love it warn that you may well be thoroughly bored. Another writer was so negative that Noe asked if he had raped his mother (presumably the answer is “no”) but even he admits Noe is an enormous talent and even provided the trailer below.
Devin Faraci of CHUD, in a highly qualified rave, tells us that “Enter the Void” is in some way based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead, the ancient spiritual text about the afterlife which was rediscovered in the sixties by acid guru Timothy Leary and alluded to in the creepiest and most brilliant of John Lennon-penned Beatles acid tunes, “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Watching the trailer below — both subtly headache inducing with its strobe visual effect (at least I think that’s what’s going on) and very, very beautiful — I can’t but think just a bit of another oddly experimental film that not everyone can sit through from Noe’s favorite director, Stanley Kubrick “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
In any case, I definitely think everyone whose old enough should check out this trailer. It’s not something you see every day.
We’ve got a very special bonus video for you all, right after the flip.