Review: “Enter the Void.”

With audacious imagery and sound, Gaspar Noé’s Enter the Void hammers away at traditional narrative until it becomes pure experience. Noé will never, ever be known for his subtlety, and his self-described “psychedelic melodrama” takes risks that few directors would dare even imagine. There are long stretches of fantastical imagery that have the real potential of altering one’s consciousness. There are moments where Noé and his international team deconstruct everyday events so they’re felt in revelatory ways. And in the middle of all the splendid visuals, a heartfelt core keeps us engaged with the admittedly half-baked characters. Noé’s hypnotic work is more potent than most narcotics, so Enter the Void negates the need to take drugs beforehand.

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