It featured in Slarek's pick of the year and has attracted some seriously enthusiastic press reviews, being labled "Brilliant" by the Telegraph, "a cinematic landmark" by the Mirror, "mind-blowingly cool" by The Times, "visually stunning" by the Guardian and "a kaleidoscopic head-fuck of extreme cinema" by Empire. The film is Gasper Noé's Enter the Void, and it deserves every accolade that's been thrown at it.
Oscar (Nathaniel Brown) and his sister Linda (Paz de la Huerta) are recent arrivals in Tokyo. Oscar's a small-time drug dealer, and Linda works as a nightclub stripper. One night, Oscar is caught up in a police bust and shot. As he lies dying, his spirit, faithful to the promise he made his sister as a child – that he would never leave his sister – refuses to abandon the world of the living. His spirit hovers over the city, wandering the streets and passing through the boundaries of various rundown apartments, dingy nightclubs and decrepit hotel rooms inhabited by characters linked to Oscar and Linda's clandestine existence. His visions grow evermore nightmarish and distorted as details from the siblings' past, present and future emerge to tell an atmospheric story of loss, hallucination, sexuality, extraction and excess.
Shot exclusively from Oscar's viewpoint, Enter the Void is an extraordinary head-trip or a movie, a distinctive and highly original film that fully immerses the audience into the sensory world and experiences of its characters, straight into the void between life and death. Original soundtrack contributions were supplied by Thomas Bangalter (one half of Daft Punk, who also contributed to Irreversible) and music from artists as varied as LFO, Bach, Coil, and many more perforate the film's dynamic and original narrative.
Enter the Void will be released on UK DVD on 26th April 2011 by Wild Bunch at the RRP of XXXX. This 2 disc edition will include both the 'short' and the rare 'long' version of the film, the latter of which includes 17 minutes of extra footage, and the following extra features:
- The French Theatrical Trailer;
- International Theatrical Trailer;
- US Theatrical Trailer;
- Set of short teasers;
- Two hallucinatory effects sequences – Vortex and DMT;
- Making Of The Special Effects featurette.