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Climax (18)

Drama

French drama in which a group of dancers experience a bad trip after accidentally ingesting psychedelics at a party.


The critical consensus

The ever-incendiary Gaspar Noé returns for an impressive, if somewhat irritating bad trip movie.

***(*)(*)James Mottram, The List, 17/09/2018

This is often upsetting (though never to the levels of Irréversible) but as energetic and handsome as its cast. At times you’ll be watching in horror, but you’ll never look away.

****(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 18/09/2018

Like going to nightclub sober when everyone inside is already fucked.

***(*)(*)Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 20/09/2018

The filmmaker creates a chamber piece that takes traditional dance movie elements and pushes them to crazy extremes.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 21/09/2018

A troupe of young dancers is sucked into an LSD-induced hell in Gaspar Noé’s latest grand guignol vision.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 23/09/2018

Where and when?

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday October 19, 2018, until Sunday October 21, 2018. More info: www.filmhousecinema.com

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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