Viewer’s Collection – Week 1 of Jake’s Picks: “Enter the Void” (2009)
Jake Kaufman is our lucky winner for the month of June picks for Viewer’s Collection, and I must say he’s selected quite the interesting line-up of titles. To begin this months Viewer’s Collection, I’ll be revisiting the 2009 cult hit “Enter the Void”. Director & co-writer, Gaspar Noé, is quite the character in his own right. His films are passionate, but heard to swallow for th general audience, much like his 2002 revenge picture, “Irreversible”, “Enter the Void” is an ambitious take on a generic kind of story. If you look at it in the simpliest way, the movie is about a drug dealer, and having him reflect on his life, and the decisions he made getting him to where he is, sad thing is to go on this personal journey he must die.
Tokyo’s nasty drug scene is seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar (Nathaniel Brown), a heavy drug user, whose sister Linda (Paz de la Huerta) living with him is a working stripper and prostitute. After a meeting at the club called The Void goes wrong, Oscar is shot by Tokyo policemen. He literally has an out of body experience like no other, reliving flashbacks to his childhood when trauma overturns the siblings. For Oscar to continue on with his new afterlife (or possible new life), he must go on this journey, floating above us all, watching, studying, learning what he did, and what he could’ve done to be a better person.
There’s no other way to put it, this movie is a fascinating odyessy. People will look back on this film for decades discovering something special at play here. The spectrum of colors can be beautiful to watch, the magic in the cinematography will capture even the less equivelent of die-hard film lovers. But what’s really fascinating is how [Gasper] Noé juxtaposes the beautifully & colorful imagery to it’s people’s colorless lives, that in the end can be ugly. The movie begs the question, what of afterlife, is there more than a void? And I believe there is, people die everyday, death is apart of humanity, so it would neccessarily lead to any sort of void. The ending of the film sums it up quite nicely, when there’s death, life comess into play. Although the ending does suggestion belief systems that derive from Tibetian idiologies.
The movies unique camera work was the biggest impace on me. How the first quarter of the film is LITERALLY the POV of Oscar, it’s as if you are him, or you’re inside the body of Oscar experiencing his journey. The screen even blinks repeatively much like a person would, after the death scene the rest of the film is the birds eye view of Oscars soul, trapped in limbo, watching over his sister, revisiting his past, and experiencing the future. Similar camera work is scene in “Irreversible“, but here the assistants of heavy enduced CGI works wonders to make this journey a more complete one. The movie comes off as not really cutting away from anything, but the special camera & editing trickery make it so.
I’d recommend “Enter the Void” to just about anybody, although I will completely understand 100% that if ten people took up my recommendation, and only one or two really liked it and respected it, this wouldn’t surprise me. You have to have a particular taste to fully digest this movie, it’s not for the faint of heart content wise, but on a technical stance it would be foolish to pass up on this work of art. “Enter the Void” is available on instant Netflix, so add it to your que!
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