Birth and death are extraordinary experiences. Life is a fleeting pleasure.

France 2018
  • Czech
95 min.

From director Gaspar Noé (Irreversible; Enter the Void; Love) comes a hypnotic, hallucinatory, and ultimately hair-raising depiction of a party that descends into delirium over the course of one wintry night. In Climax, a troupe of young dancers gathers in a remote and empty school building to rehearse. Following an unforgettable opening performance lit by virtuoso cinematographer Benoît Debie (Spring Breakers; Enter the Void) and shot by Noé himself, the troupe begins an all-night celebration that turns nightmarish as the dancers discover they've been pounding cups of sangria laced with potent LSD. Tracking their journey from jubilation to chaos and full-fledged anarchy, Noé observes crushes, rivalries, and violence amid a collective psychedelic meltdown. Starring Sofia Boutella (Atomic Blonde) and a cast of professional dancers, Climax is Noé's most brazen and visionary statement yet.

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Director: Gaspar Noé
Screenplay: Gaspar Noé
Cinematography: Benoît Debie
Editing: Denis Bedlow, Gaspar Noé
Production Design: Jean Rabasse
Producer: Brahim Chioua, Richard Grandpierre, Vincent Maraval
Co-production: Gaspar Noé, Olivier Père
Cast: Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Kiddy Smile