If you’re wondering what this film challenge thing is all about, check out my previous blog post.
So, Enter The Void (IMDB info). This is a film I’d had downloaded for quite a while but kept putting off watching (partly because it’s quite long). I thought that I’d found it via some kind of list of ‘strangest films’, though as the film progressed, it seemed more likely that it was a list of disturbing/bleak films! Pretty sure it was a list that also included Requiem For A Dream (which I watched last year). There’s a line in the film that basically sums up the premise of it: “dying as the ultimate trip”. It’s pretty trippy, though not as much as I’d expected, actually. Overall I enjoyed it, but it’s hard to explain why. It kept my attention for the 2 hours and 40 minutes running time, so that’s no mean feat. I started to write a list of notes/thoughts during the film, as I thought it’d give useful reminders as to what I could write here, but I then decided that it’d actually be more entertaining (and easier!) to just directly post the list here. So, here are the bullet-pointed thoughts that I had whilst watching the film. I’ve avoided anything too spoilery (they’re mostly deliberately vague for that reason). Hopefully it provides a decent insight as to what you can expect from watching it:
- Starts off with credits – symbolic of moving backwards?
- Peep Show like, but with blinking
- Like a Windows screensaver
- I’m not sure if this is relaxing or terrifying
- Bit of a pervy floating spirit
- OK, it just got way pervier
- Dying as the ultimate trip
- Ew, no. That surely can’t be a properly performed medical procedure.
- Don’t zoom in on that!
- This is all pretty bleak really. Bright lights aside.
- Now I’m confused
- Glowing vaginas?
- Glowing penis!
- That’s an angle you don’t usually get to see that from!
- I’m not sure if this is kinda sweet or really disturbing
- Yeah, disturbing
- I kinda enjoyed that, I think, but also feel traumatised