If you are up for some mind-bending, visually-stimulating cinematic experience, you might want to check out Gaspar Noe’s 2009 psychedelic melodrama film, Enter the Void. Packed with electrifying visuals, the film takes its audience into the wild night paradise at the heart of Tokyo where Oscar and his sister Linda reside.
Living in a small shabby apartment in the midst of a bustling metropolis, Oscar operates as a small-time drug dealer, together with his friend Alex from whom he gathered insights on death and reincarnation based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead. On the other hand, his sister Linda works as a nightclub stripper whose unreserved attachment towards his brother Oscar is made apparent throughout the film.
A tragic night in some local bar witnessed the police bust operation which lead to Oscar’s arrest and death. As he was trapped and shot dead inside the restroom cubicle, Oscar’s spirit flew out his physical body and wandered throughout the city—haunted and restless, but even more still alive in the recollection of a promise he made to his sister: that he would never abandon her no matter what happens.
A dramatic (all-too-human) plot combined with the intensity of hallucinogenic graphics and the absolute creativity of the film’s cinematography will leave your head mentally drugged and heavy for days. Enter the Void captures the sheer expression of art, sex and drugs and translates this formula into a motion picture that might as well be the perfect cinematic equivalent of the deadly DMT.
Below are some of my favorite lines and scenes from the film.
Oscar: Hey, Linda. Come here. Come outside.
I wonder what Tokyo looks like from up there.
Linda: I don’t.
Oscar: Why not?
Linda: I’d be scared.
Oscar: Scared of what?
Linda: Of dying, I guess. Falling into the void.
Oscar: They say you fly when you die.
Alex: Basically, when you die your spirit leaves your body, actually at first you can see all your life, like reflected in a magic mirror. Then you start floating like a ghost, you can see anything happening around you, you can hear everything but you can’t communicate. Then you see lights, lights of all different colours, these lights are the doors that pull you into other planes of existence, but most people actually like this world so much, that they don’t want to be taken away, so the whole thing turns into a bad trip, and the only way out is to get reincarnated.
Alex: DMT only lasts for six minutes, but it really seems like an eternity. It releases the same chemical your brain receives when you die. It’s a little like dying would be the ultimate trip.
Alex: You know the good thing about LSD, if you can manage to overcome your fears, you can take your hallucinations wherever you want.