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Climax

French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD.
March 2019
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Climax

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Director: Gaspar Noé

Starring: Sofia Boutella

 

2018, France, Belgium, United States, Switzerland, Monaco, 95 minutes, Digital, R

Language: French, English

Distributor: A24

Program Notes

From director Gaspar Noé (Irreversible; Enter the Void; Love) comes a hypnotic, hallucinatory, and ultimately hair-raising depiction of a party that descends into delirium over the course of one wintry night. In Climax, a troupe of young dancers gathers in a remote and empty school building to rehearse. Following an unforgettable opening performance lit by virtuoso cinematographer Benoît Debie (Spring Breakers; Enter the Void) and shot by Noé himself, the troupe begins an all-night celebration that turns nightmarish as the dancers discover they’ve been pounding cups of sangria laced with potent LSD. Tracking their journey from jubilation to chaos and full-fledged anarchy, Noé observes crushes, rivalries, and violence amid a collective psychedelic meltdown. Starring Sofia Boutella (Atomic Blonde) and a cast of professional dancers, Climax is Noé’s most brazen and visionary statement yet.


“Gaspar Noé’s remarkable psychedelic ride is his most focused achievement, a concise package of sizzling dance sequences and jolting developments that play like a slick mashup of the Step Up franchise and Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom, not to mention the disorienting cinematic trickery of Noé’s own provocative credits.”
— Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“The director’s technical bona fides, impishly tasteless humour, and predilection for shock effects are channelled into the most liberating, intensely physical filmmaking of his career.”
— Lawrence Garcia, Cinema Scope

“I was shocked to discover that I was actually… touched. Climax is a small miracle, and if this is Noé going soft (for him, of course), that might actually be a very good thing for the movies.”
— Emily Yoshida, New York Magazine (Vulture)


OFFICIAL SELECTION:

Cannes Film Festival, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

Toronto International Film Festival

International Film Festival Rotterdam


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