Director: Gaspar Noé
Section: Rendezvous with French Cinema
Country: France | Year: 2018
Language(s): French | Time: 96 mins
From director Gaspar Noé 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 cinematographer Benoît Debie 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 sangrialaced with potent LSD. Tracking their journey from jubilation to chaos to full-fledged anarchy, Noé observes crushes, rivalries, and violence amid a collective psychedelic meltdown.
After studying cinema at the Louis Lumière School in Paris, Gaspar Noé directed the medium-length film Carne (1991), produced Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s medium-length film La Bouche de Jean-Pierre (1996), and directed the feature films I Stand Alone (1998), Irréversible (2002), Enter the Void (2009), and Love (2015).