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Director:Gaspar Noé
Studio:Arte France Cinéma
Writer:Gaspar Noé
IMDb Rating:7.7 (439 votes)
Genre:Drama, Horror, Musical, Mystery
Duration:95 min
Languages:French, English
Gaspar Noé  ...  (Director)
Gaspar Noé  ...  (Writer)
Sofia Boutella  ...  Selva
Romain Guillermic  ...  David
Souheila Yacoub  ...  Lou
Kiddy Smile  ...  Daddy
Claude-Emmanuelle Gajan-Maull  ...  Emmanuelle (as Claude Gajan Maull)
Giselle Palmer  ...  Gazelle
Taylor Kastle  ...  Taylor
Thea Carla Schott  ...  Psyche
Sharleen Temple  ...  Ivana
Lea Vlamos  ...  Lea
Alaia Alsafir  ...  Alaya
Kendall Mugler  ...  Rocket
Lakdhar Dridi  ...  Riley
Adrien Sissoko  ...  Omar
Mamadou Bathily  ...  Bats
Benoît Debie  ...  Cinematographer
Denis Bedlow  ...  Editor
Gaspar Noé  ...  Editor
Comments: Sure, it has a handful of moments that could have been cut or shortened, but damn! this was ... intriguing? fun? painful? entertaining!

Half dance, half acid trip. Both are difficult, and both are difficult to film.

I especially loved the long sequence of overhead dance coverage. I worked with a modern dance company for years and nobody ever brought that up as an idea. Of course the work we were doing wasn't for film, but still.

I also loved the technique of "peeling" scenes off one another. I don't actually know what it's called, but it's when someone seems to be just passing by the focus of a scene and then they become the focus and take us somewhere else. I loved that.

Cut to the chase: When Sofia Boutella is walking down the hall (high) and gets to a few stairs and reacts to them with terror, like she's just come across a dead, bloodied body, I was completely sold. The "depth of field" issues that come with a large dose of LSD ... can be 'danced'. Great acting/dancing on Sofia's part, but also great camera work. About the time I thought the acid thing had run its course, Gasper goes upside down.

I gotta say, too, that as someone who generally hates listening to people scream (not to mention people acting drunk or stoned), and there is a LOT of screaming in this film, the only time I turned the volume down was when the dog showed up near the end. That says a lot about how engaging/attractive/immersive this film was for me.

I am definitely going to watch this again. Soon.

Summary: In the mid 90's, 20 urban dancers join together for a three-day rehearsal in a closed-down boarding school located at the heart of a forest to share one last dance. They then make one last party around a large sangria bowl. Quickly, the atmosphere becomes charged and a strange madness will seize them the whole night. If it seems obvious to them that they have been drugged, they neither know by who nor why. And it's soon impossible for them to resist to their neurosises and psychoses, numbed by the hypnotic and the increasing electric rhythm of the music. While some feel in paradise, most of them plunge into hell.

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