From visionary writer-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, when 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.
“CLIMAX works, at least when it’s willing to be a human drama. But then it sinks in that you’re watching “Fame” directed by the Marquis de Sade with a Steadicam.” (Variety)
“At times you’ll be watching in horror, but you’ll never look away.” (Empire Magazine)
“CLIMAX isn’t so much about the inevitability of chaos, but about the sadness of watching something beautiful fall apart. And it is never less than electrifying.” (Village Voice)
“More brilliantly deranged, in its microscopic vision of society in collapse, than anything the director has ever inflicted on us.” (AV Club)
Friday, September 20
Doors 11:30 pm | Movie 11:55 pm *Start time subject to change.
Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 at the door
*Minors permitted in the balcony. (Please note this film is rated 18A.) Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
CLIMAX (Gaspar Noé, 2019 / 96 mins / 18A) When members of a dance troupe are lured to an empty school, drug-laced sangria causes their jubilant rehearsal to descend into a dark and explosive nightmare as they try to survive the night — and find out who’s responsible — before it’s too late.