The Trailer for Gaspar Noé’s ‘Climax’ Does the Danse Macabre: Watch

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Gaspar Noe's kaleidoscopic Cannes favorite gets a new trailer and poster promising all the Satanic dance mayhem the French provocateur can muster.

Gaspar Noé is no stranger to deeply weird, bold, provocative films – Enter the Void and Irreversible are practically the poster children for confrontational, arguably sexist European New Vulgar cinema. His latest, Climax, promises to be just as thrilling , confrontational and visually unique as the rest – a kind of Step Up meets Suspiria tale in which Sofia Boutella plays one of a troupe of ambitious, hard-partying dancers whose  LSD tripping on one particular night of debauchery leads to sheer, murderous anarchy. Sounds right up Noé’s alley. 

Early reviews from its Cannes premiere are extremely positive, and the film will make its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. A24’s name is usually an indicator of incredible indie film quality, so Climax‘s pedigree is very encouraging. 

From the press release:

From director Gaspar Noé (IrreversibleEnter the VoidLove) 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 (Atomic Blonde) and a cast of professional dancers, Climax is Noé’s most brazen and visionary statement yet.

Sit back with your LSD-laced sangria and watch the trailer below.

Check out the striking new poster below.

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About Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is a Chicago-based film/TV critic and podcaster. A member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, you can find his other film work at Consequence of Sound (where he is a Senior Staff Writer), Crooked Marquee, IndieWire and UPROXX. He is also the co-host of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast.

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