Though writer/director Gaspar Noé is probably most well-known for the graphic and seemingly interminable rape scene in Irreversible, his second feature, it's very hard to make charges of being a provocateur stick. The man's intuitive style of filmmaking and fascination with the interplay between corporeality, taboos and the afterlife precludes the assumption that he is knowingly trying to push your buttons. Enter the Void, his trippy third feature, continues in that tradition, focusing on the risqué relationship between Oscar (Nathaniel Brown) and his estranged sister Linda (Paz de la Huerta).
Enter the Void is, amongst other things: a 161 minute-long hallucinogenic trip, a love story, a roller coaster ride, a ghost story, a very loose memoirs, an homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey and a further extension of Noé's career-long exploration of the role of rough sex in a Buddhist-inspired cycle of reincarnation. I spoke with Noé recently to talk about the film, the difference between the director's cut and the theatrical cut of Void and what his favorite hard drug is.