‘Enter the Void’ poster

Posted by · 7:18 am · July 31st, 2010

Gaspar Noé’s “Enter the Void,” a three-hour melange of bad-trip imagery, medium-core sex and approximately 1,736 swooping crane shots, has hovered in distribution limbo since last year’s Cannes festival, and no wonder: these days, it’s hard enough for perfectly innocuous foreign festival fare to find American friends, let alone a film that chucks a graphic abortion sequence in the final act just to check that you’re still awake. Nonetheless, IFC has been brave enough to adopt this jolly romp; it hits U.S. arthouse screens on September 24.

I was less than whelmed by the film at last year’s London fest, writing that Noé’s “fatuous follow-up [to “Irréversible”]  deploys an arsenal of tricked-out technique and a colossal running time of 163 minutes to make the make the startling revelations that death is, like, sad, and that drug-dealing is generally not a good idea.” (And I was pro“Irréversible.”) Others differ considerably: Manohla Dargis, for one, all but credits the film with rewriting cinematic language. Expect the disagreement to continue this autumn; for now, check out the suitably lurid poster (courtesy of Vulture) after the cut.

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  • 1 7-31-2010 at 8:57 am

    Filmoholic said...

    I like it. I’m a huge fan of Irreversible so I’m definitely looking forward to checking this out, regardless of what the reviews say. I also need to see Noe’s debut I Stand Alone. Any thoughts on that one, Guy?

  • 2 7-31-2010 at 9:58 am

    Filmoholic said...

    Also, I just read Dargis’s review, and even though she praises the film, I don’t think she goes as far as crediting the film with rewriting cinematic language.

  • 3 7-31-2010 at 10:10 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Okay, so I’m being a little facetious.

  • 4 7-31-2010 at 10:44 am

    Michael said...

    I will travel as far as New York City (I live in Richmond, VA) to see this movie if I have to b/c I am going to see this film in theaters no matter what. I have read Guy’s review and many other similar reviews which do point out the strong possibility that it may not be worth that kind of trip for me but I can’t help it. This is just one of those films that I will never forgive myself for missing in theaters and even if I turn out to hate the movie I can always spend the rest of the weekend in NYC. Anyway, this poster is amazing and it is good to know an eta when it will show up in theaters so I can make my travel plans now.

  • 5 7-31-2010 at 11:58 am

    red_wine said...

    This needs to be post-converted to 3D NOW!

  • 6 7-31-2010 at 1:14 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Wasn’t “Enter the Void” a documentary about ice climbers?

  • 7 7-31-2010 at 1:53 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    That’d be “Touching the Void,” English.

  • 8 7-31-2010 at 3:37 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    A pretty advertisement for an arcade game

  • 9 7-31-2010 at 3:49 pm

    Speaking English said...

    LOL, that’s right. Either way, I’m never going to be able to look at this movie without thinking of that one. Oh well.

  • 10 7-31-2010 at 5:05 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    Love Irreversible so I will check this out.

  • 11 7-31-2010 at 10:22 pm

    Maxim said...

    I have to say that Guy’s mention of the abortion sequnce alone is enough for me to know that this is a movie to avoid.

  • 12 8-01-2010 at 4:08 am

    Glenn said...

    Love the poster – they’ve been using that motif since production began – but what are all those little bits down the side? I can’t read them.

  • 13 8-01-2010 at 7:11 am

    Bia said...

    Oh, is this the Paz de la Huerta film? NY Mag was pushing her a month ago with a big feature because she will have a fairly big role in the upcoming Boardwalk Empire. She’s a real whacked out character.

  • 14 8-01-2010 at 9:49 am

    The Other James D. said...

    I sort of lost my respect for Dargis with her ridiculous praise for that cinematic ass pimple that is Gran Torino.

    But since this will be released on-demand, at least I won’t have to pay double and leave my bed to see it.

  • 15 8-02-2010 at 1:09 am

    André said...

    Noe’s films aren’t usually my cup of tea, even though they’re technically fascinating. But I’ll be damned if that’s not a (lurid, but) striking poster.

  • 16 8-02-2010 at 2:30 am

    Ziyad Abul Hawa said...

    And here is Miral’s Poster


  • 17 8-02-2010 at 5:03 am

    Dave V said...

    Saw this at TIFF last year, and it was definitely an experience I won’t forget any time soon – both good and bad. Good, because the film is technically dazzling, bad because there really is very little plot to speak of and the movie goes ridicilously overboard at the end (not just the abortion sequence, but the true finale as well). At 90 minutes, I probably would have loved – but after nearly three hours of it, it just ended up grating on my nerves, and made me want to take a shower.