New Ways of Seeing: Climax

From Ben Popp, Filmmaker Services Manager

dir. Gaspar Noé, France, 2018
Streaming on Amazon Prime

The climax in any story is the point at which everything comes to a heightened point before cresting downwards into resolution. What might it look like then to tell a story riding the climax, or in which a gradual rise to this point is very sudden? French director Gaspar Noé’s 5th feature film is a good example of how this might play out by using long single takes filled with stunning choreography, wrapped in a cinematic vehicle designed to keep one on their toes as a dance troupe full of youthful swagger and skill gets tricked into taking acid.