Just say Noé, kids…
OUT 21 SEPTEMBER
Based, loosely one suspects, on the true story of a ’90s dance troupe who had their punch spiked with LSD, this latest provocation from Argentinian director Gaspar Noé (Irreversible, Enter The Void) goes from the sangria to the satanic in the blink of a bloodshot eye.
It opens with a series of taped auditions followed by an extended – and exhilarating – rehearsal. The punch is then slurped… and Noé goes to work. Dialling the bass rumbles up to 11, he lets his untethered camera glide down nightmarish corridors and crawl along sweat-dripping ceilings. Next, the lens coils over, under and around the off-their-tits Parisian troupe as they buck, fuck and ruck to death. Well, what did you expect with that title? Mind you, the way Noé keeps up the technical dazzle and structural daring, this is really more of a tantric orgasm.
After the auteur’s limp Love (2015), Climax is pumped with Viagra from its throbbing temples to its twitching toes. Its cast of professional dancers (including Sofia Boutella) resemble a Bosch painting brought to pain-wracked life as vintage techno, house and electronic music soundtrack their accursed contortions. Imagine Diversity, with added edge, reenacting Pasolini’s Salò, with less poo-eating. How can you resist? Jamie Graham
Divine beings plummet to hell in Noé’s astonishing musical (of sorts). Not so much Mamma Mia! as “Mother of God!!”
There was a possibility the PTA meetings were getting a little out of hand. CERTIFICATE 18 DIRECTOR Gaspar Noé STARRING Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Kiddy Smile SCREENPLAY Gaspar Noé DISTRIBUTOR Arrow Films RUNNING TIME 95 mins