• James Rutherford

'Enter the Void': A Kaleidoscopic Soul's Journey Throughout Neo-Tokyo


Movie poster for the film Enter the Void starring Nathaniel Brown and Paz de la Huerta

“Enter the Void” (2009) is a stunning, one-of-a-kind cinematic experience from Argentine auteur Gaspar Noé (Irréversible, Love), following a young American drug dealer named Oscar (Nathaniel Brown) living in Tokyo with his sister, Linda (Paz de la Huerta), when he is tragically gunned down and killed by the police during a drug deal gone horribly wrong.


As the storyline continues to progress after Oscar's death, the camera follows the perspective of his soul as it exits his body and embarks upon a mesmerizing, kaleidoscopic journey through time and space, throughout the city of Tokyo, and ultimately into the minds and bodies of the loved ones he has left behind.


Inspired by the "Tibetan Book of the Dead", Noé employs mind-blowing camera work and visual effects to represent Oscar’s journey through the Bardo states of intermediate existence, according to the school of Buddhism. It’s a lengthy, weighty and daring escapade, providing pure psychedelic splendor and a fully realized existential thrill-ride. A highly recommended, one-of-a-kind viewing experience not to be overlooked.

 

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