Climax (I) (2018)

R   |    |  Drama, Horror, Music

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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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  • Sofia Boutella at an event for Climax (2018)
  • Mamadou Bathily and Alou Sidibé in Climax (2018)
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  • Sofia Boutella in Climax (2018)

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6 April 2019 | ccamp89
| Weak 3.5 // Mostly succeeds as viscera
As an exercise in pure viscera, Argentine provocateur Gaspar Noé mostly pleases with Climax. A group of dancers unknowingly drink spiked sangria which slowly warps their afterparty into an LSD-soaked nightmare. With a premise like that, it may be evident that this is a film meant to be experienced rather than thought about. The pleasures of Climax come nearly entirely from its sheer audiovisual power: the ceaselessly pulsating score, the fluid one-shot takes, the lurid colors. It's closer to performance art than what most people would characterize as a "movie" and should be approached with that mindset if you're to enjoy it. However, as enjoyable as its best sequences are, the lack of nearly any thematic depth imbues much of the film with a subtly nagging tediousness. And even when viewed purely from an experiential perspective, it is far from watertight in its pacing and flow. Still, there is a cumulative power in its sound, visuals, and theatrics that's hard to deny.

Weak 3.5/5

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Release Date:

19 September 2018


French, English

Country of Origin

France, Belgium

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Box Office


EUR2,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$119,423 3 March 2019

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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