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Climax (2018)

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French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD.

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Gaspar Noé

Writer:

Gaspar Noé
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sofia Boutella ... Selva
Romain Guillermic Romain Guillermic ... David
Souheila Yacoub Souheila Yacoub ... Lou
Kiddy Smile ... Daddy
Claude-Emmanuelle Gajan-Maull Claude-Emmanuelle Gajan-Maull ... Emmanuelle (as Claude Gajan Maull)
Giselle Palmer Giselle Palmer ... Gazelle
Taylor Kastle Taylor Kastle ... Taylor
Thea Carla Schott Thea Carla Schott ... Psyche
Sharleen Temple Sharleen Temple ... Ivana
Lea Vlamos Lea Vlamos ... Lea
Alaia Alsafir Alaia Alsafir ... Alaya
Kendall Mugler Kendall Mugler ... Rocket
Lakdhar Dridi Lakdhar Dridi ... Riley
Adrien Sissoko Adrien Sissoko ... Omar
Mamadou Bathily Mamadou Bathily ... Bats
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Storyline

In the mid 1990's, 20 French 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 neuroses 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. Written by Anonymous Two

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing content involving a combination of drug use, violent behavior and strong sexuality, and for language and some graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

19 September 2018 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Climax See more »

Filming Locations:

France

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Box Office

Budget:

€2,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$119,423, 3 March 2019

Gross USA:

$804,112
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the sequence when we see 'audition tapes' on a TV screen, also various books and VHS covers are in the frame, that provide clues to Gaspar Noé's inspirations: Visible are titles that reference Luis Buñuel, Dario Argento and Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran, famous for his ultra-negative views on life and humanity. See more »

Goofs

While the movie is supposed to be set in 1996, which is confirmed by the clothes, the music and the lack of smartphones, the French spoken in the film is very much 2010s, with many anglicisms or other recent verbal tics heard throughout the movie. This is due to the improvised dialogue from the cast working off of a five-page script. See more »

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The opening logos start at around 9 minutes in. The actual opening title sequence starts around halfway through the film. See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Climax/Greta (2019) See more »

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Supernature
Written by Marc Cerrone, Alain Wisniak, Lene Lovich
Performed by Marc Cerrone (as Cerrone)
(c) Malligator Productions Sarl/Tralala Music
(p) 1977 Malligator Productions/2014 Preference Prod under exclusive license to Because Music
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An Attack On Morality
24 July 2019 | by charliemaddocksSee all my reviews

Noe does it again, with this exquisitely executed tale of human morality, psychology and chemistry.

With the use of inventive camera techniques to film dazzling dance sequences, we are brought into this insane world of hedonism, insest, abuse and excess. Fantastically lit with Noe's neon style, we are brought into the heat of this story through the spinning frames.

It was perhaps slightly too long with sequences that could have been cut shorter and some dialogue cut out to hide some of the slightly questionable acting. However this doesn't really seem to affect the film, as they are all on drugs, so their lacking of technique at times fits well.

Me and my friends left the cinema and couldn't talk for atleast 10 minutes, which tells you how much of an effect this film has on you!

Go and watch it, you'll probably learn something about humanity, and if not atleast something about great filmmaking!

Ignore the bad reviews, I expect they couldn't handle the psychological trauma and the bad ratings are a defence mechanism as they couldn't really comprehend the vision.


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