Gaspar Noé (Irreversible, I Stand Alone, Enter the Void, Love) is back in cinemas with Climax – his latest writing-directing creation. The movie has been making rounds on the festival circuit, and we finally have a trailer that answers a few questions about the movie’s plot. Considering many of Noé’s films are controversial there’s little doubt this will be any different. 

The trailer doesn’t reveal much plot. Instead, we must dive deep into A24’s description of the movie to see just what Climax is about. According to the plot’s synopsis, available below, a troupe of young dancers gathers in a remote, empty school to rehearse. However, throughout the night they’ve been ingesting LSD through laced sangria. The movie follows the troupe’s decent from celebration to anarchy ending in “Noé’s most brazen and visionary statement yet.”

A decent from celebration to anarchy ending in Noé’s most brazen and visionary statement yet.

Those are bold words for a director who often shocks audiences with graphic nudity, unrelentingly violence, and brutal rape. This could be a bit of marketing parlance, but you never know what Noé has in store. 

Climax does not yet have a release date in North America. However, it will get its North American debut during the Midnight Madness section of the Toronto International Film Festival. IMDB lists a debut in France Sept. 19. Climax stars Sofia Boutella (Star Trek: Beyond, The Mummy, Atomic Blonde, Kingsman: The Secret Service). 

Check out the trailer below.

Plot Synopsis

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.