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Climax Rated 18


Dir. Gaspar Noé. France, 2018. 1h 36m. French/subs. Starring Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Kiddy Smile, Claude Gajan Maull, Giselle Palmer.

A group of young dancers gather in a remote and empty school building to rehearse on a cold and wintry night. The all-night celebration soon turns into a hallucinatory nightmare after someone laces the sangria with LSD. A typically confrontational mix of music and horror by provocateur filmmaker Gaspar Noé.

‘A trance-like stew of contorting, krumping, waacking weirdness that drops on its audience like the bucket of blood from Carrie.’ ★★★★ Mark Kermode, The Observer Film of the Week

‘It's a woozily photographed portrait of humanity in extremis that pushes hot buttons with abandon’ ★★★★ Ed Potton, The Times