It's a hot afternoon in a London restaurant. He orders a steak, no fries, sauce on the side. He doesn't touch the sauce. Lunch is just a slab of meat.
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Enter the Void's drugs, sex and spiritual journey - Cineuropa
Set in the neon-lit nightclub environments of Tokyo , the story follows Oscar, a young American drug dealer who gets shot by the police, but continues to watch subsequent events during an out-of-body experience. The film is shot from a first-person viewpoint , which often floats above the city streets, and occasionally features Oscar staring over his own shoulder as he recalls moments from his past. With a mix of professionals and newcomers, the film makes heavy use of imagery inspired by experimental cinema and psychedelic drug experiences. Principal photography took place on location in Tokyo, and involved many complicated crane shots. Co-producers included the visual effects studio BUF Compagnie , which also provided the computer-generated imagery.
'Enter the Void' Director Gaspar Noe Talks Sex, Drugs and Narrative Cinema
However, Noe's follow-up, "Enter the Void," is a departure. Despite copious sex and an on-screen abortion, its tenderness sticks with the viewer more than its shock tactics. It follows a small-time American drug dealer Nathaniel Brown living with his beloved sister Paz de la Huerta in Tokyo. When he's killed in a police raid on a bar, his spirit sticks around to follow her. Speakeasy recently talked to him about this "psychedelic melodrama.
In his feature directorial debut, I Stand Alone , the year-old French auteur tackled squirm-inducing topics such as incest, suicide, and rape. Turns out he was just getting warmed up. Not surprisingly, his work has been lauded and derided in equal measure. Your films are divisive, to put it mildly. Do you thrive on both positive and negative responses to your work?