Gaspar Noe comes waltzing in with his latest shock and awe. A classic whodunit, the question of the night in Climax is which member of the dance troupe laced the sangria with LSD. It's a serious offense resulting in one brutally hellish night.
The movie opens with some very long sequences. In the first, we are introduced to each member through video interviews. If you look around the TV you'll see tapes of Suspiria, Possession, and Taxi Driver along with some pieces on schizophrenia and suicide among other things. It's a good few moments to meditate on what will follow. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
From there we move in to the second act, long dance sequences. Things started to feel repetitive very quickly as we see people moving, chatting, and unknowingly ingesting drugs while electronic music pulses through everything. It takes 47 minutes for it all to kick in and from there the descent into depravity is swift and unrelenting. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
There's still a lot of the same mixed in with mounting tension and aggression as people turn against each other in very ugly ways. We are treated to this from all angles - head on, upside down, and sometimes even overhead. The varying degrees do well simulating the disorienting effects of the night but they tend to be a bit much at times. Climax never really follows one person preferring instead to dance around. It's a mostly linear spiral of everyone falling apart in their own way, in the same space, in the same moment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The end result is akin to a night spent at the club. It's a sensory overload that slowly dissipates as the lights come on with last call with little lingering effect. Noe showed up in true form but he leaves more style than substance. It's not a great introduction for someone but it's there for longtime fans.
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