Director: Gaspar Noé. Cast: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy. 161 min. Drama. France/Italy/Germany. Drama.
This is Ghost, on drugs. An American drug-dealer is shot in Tokyo, giving us a spirit's point-of-view account if his life through flashbacks and flash forwards - with a large portion shot from a crane, watching from above. The sex and violence is as visceral and stomach-churning as Noe's other masterwork, Irreversible (doesn't get any more visceral than the point-of-view of a cervix, does it), but the last 20 minutes feels as though Noe is too much in love with his own style, and the psychedelic world gets a little boring. Worth a try for those interested in something different.