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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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sofia Boutella ... Selva
Romain Guillermic Romain Guillermic ... David
Souheila Yacoub Souheila Yacoub ... Lou
Kiddy Smile 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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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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Release Date:

31 January 2019 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Clímax See more »

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France

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€2,600,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Gaspar Noé's first film to receive an R rating from the MPAA. See more »

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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. See more »

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the pleasure of feeling uncomfortable
11 November 2018 | by RazvanMiricaSee all my reviews

I loved Enter the Void (2009) and Irreversible (2002) and i knew that Gaspar Noé will make, this time too, an unforgettable movie. Through atypical technique which he masters terribly good, with psychedelic visuals and a heavy but dynamic load of suspense, succeeds to put in image the violent creeps of the world hidden in the human mind at certain moments of implacable delusion. Important in this film is the hue - the contrast between the white of snow outside and the wild colour inside, the neon cinema which spread shades of reddish darkness (like a bleeding nightmare running through the hallways), the racial and sexual diversity. The whole dance floor looks like a sangria - the drink that represented the center point, the mechanism that made everything spin in a chaotic circle of dementia. The eye of the camera reveals incredible dance skills, a hypnotizing choreography and the paranoia that grows in intensity to climax. Life and death presented as terrifying experiences and the endless music that maintains an exhausting atmosphere, make you remember this movie a long time, make you live with it, love it, but did not want to see it again. If this movie succeeds in making the spectator uncomfortable on this exhausting journey, Gaspar Noé will fall asleep satisfied.


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