An assorted group of youngsters comes together for a dance programme in 1996. A party and general banter follow the wrap of the rehearsals. Soon, the dancers realise that their sangria had been spiked with acid. Gradually, all hell breaks loose and the party descends into unimaginable horror. Caught in the midst of all the madness, mayhem and bloodshed is a child, who also gets a taste of the spiked drink.
Franco-Argentine director Gaspar Noe is not known for making movies that would please all. When he was told that six or seven people had walked out of a screening of Climax, he seemed disappointed. "I usually have 25 per cent of the audience walking out," he told The Guardian in an interview. Climax, just like Irreversible or any other Noe piece, is not much about the plot. It is more of a cinematic vision that the director projects on to the screen.
From the perfectly choreographed dance moves by everyone in the cast, to the crescendo of drug-fuelled insanity that every performer in the film gradually descends into, Noe never ceases to amaze viewers with the brilliant camerawork and colour tones. Winner of the art cinema award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Climax is a must-watch if you are in the mood for a visual treat.