From wildly controversial writer-director Gaspar Noé (the same guy behind Irreversible, Enter the Void, I Stand Alone and 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 and a commendably diverse cast of professional dancers, Climax is Noé’s most brazen and visionary statement yet. It’s also, strangely enough, his most accessible movie. Those who have avoided his previous works (for good reason, considering their graphic and often violent reputations), this may be a good entry point into his world. That being said, this is still a pretty harrowing trip.