Enter the Void

September 24th 2010
  • Drama/Fantasy,
  • Unrated,
  • 161 min,
  • IFC Releasing
  • Cast: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy, Olly Alexander, Masato Tanno, Ed Spear, Emily Alyn Lind, Jesse Kuhn, Nobu Imai, Sakiko Fukuhara, Janice Béliveau-Sicotte, Sara Stockbridge, Stuart Miller, Emi Takeuchi, Sayuki Matsumoto, Samy Palma
  • Director: Gaspar Noé
  • Writers: Gaspar Noé, Lucile Hadzihalilovic
  • Producers: Pierre Buffin, Olivier Delbosc , Vincent Maraval, Marc Missonnier, Gaspar Noé
  • Co Producers: Philippe Bober, Nicolas Leclercq
  • Executive Producer: Suzanne Girard
  • Castings: Des Hamilton, Helene Rousse, Kathryn Taylor
  • Costume Design: Nicoletta Massone
  • D.O.P.: Benoît Debie
  • Editors: Marc Boucrot, Gaspar Noé
  • Music: Thomas Bangalter
  • Production Designs: Jean-Andre Carriere, Kikuo Ohta


After living in Japan for some time and finding employment as a drug dealer, a brother sends for his sister to move Japan and live with him. With a story out of sequence, this film shows the brother and sister in their intimate moments. The experience is jarring at times and blissful at others.

The setting is the Japanese redlight district of the very near future. The sister gets involved with sex and drugs and the brother lives dangerously. With their parents gone from a horrible car crash (seen more than once), all these two really have is each other in an exploitive world. The brother and sister associate with many deceptive people and the reveal of the deceiver's true nature and actual motives is constantly surprising.

It is the view from the otherworldly that makes this a thrilling story. From their childhood to recent events, this film builds with the significant facts. Within the tenets of a foreshadowed guide to the experiences after death, these young adult sibilings keep their pact not to leave the other.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Montreal, Canada; Tokyo, Japan
  • Production Budget: €13 million
  • Production Companies: Fidélité Films, Wild Bunch, BUF, Les Cinémas de la Zone, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, BIM Distribuzione, Paranoid Films, Eurimages, Filmförderungsanstalt, Canal+, Orange Cinéma Séries
  • Production Schedule: 19 October 2007 - 16 May 2008

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2010 Guide analysis: "A "wild, hallucinatory mindfuck" is one of the more common phrases used in early reviews to describe the third film from French director Gaspar Noe. After several short films, Noe made his feature debut in 1998 with the well-received but little seen "I Stand Alone". It was his second film however, "Irreversible", that drew international attention thanks to its controversial debut at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival where many walked out during its infamous single-take, nine minute rape scene with Monica Belucci.

Cut to seven years on and Noe returned to Cannes with 'Void' which basically defies all cinematic convention. Running a whopping 163 minutes (later edited down to 161 minutes) and shot almost entirely from a first person perspective, the main character dies half-an-hour in and we spend the rest of the film floating above Tokyo watching events unfold. The film blends crane shots on location in Tokyo, studio filming and miniatures to create the effect of rushing over and around the city to track the various characters.

Much more a sensualist than a storyteller, the plot essentially goes out the window and the trippy ride that ensues moves back-and-forth in time and features amongst other things both a graphic abortion and a shot of an ejaculating penis from a cervix's point-of-view. By its very nature it will struggle to find distribution, but there's a definite call for this to become a cult smash that will find a particular following when used in conjunction with illicit drug use."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 5 May 2010: France
  • 15 May 2010: Japan
  • 14 July 2010: Belgium
  • 20 August 2010: Estonia
  • 26 August 2010: Germany
  • 3 September 2010: Finland
  • 23 September 2010: Netherlands, UK