Just like the storylines of Irreversible, Enter the Void, and Love, Climax explores human behaviour and altered states. It is an ode to sentimental reactions, conflicts and violence boosted by the aftermath of alcohol and LSD consumption. To top it off, this sexy bad trip is enhanced by the film’s soundtrack, which includes previously unreleased work by Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter – a usual collaborator and friend of Gaspar –, and some other classic tunes by Aphex Twin, Giorgio Moroder, Gary Numan, and the Rolling Stones, among others.
The movie was shot in two weeks, in one single location, chronologically, with many long takes, and with improvised dialogues. Noé has shaped a unique style, both in the storytelling and visually engaging. Therefore, artists of the likes of Nick Cave and Sky Ferreira have asked him to work for them – he did the Night Time, My Time cover shot. We sat together during the Stockholm International Film Festival to dig into this sort of orgasm synaesthesia, cinematically speaking.
We wait in the hotel room. Gaspar asks me if I smoke, I tell him to take his time. A team from some Swedish TV channel, who’ve just finished interviewing him, are wrapping up their gear whilst Gaspar is on the phone speaking to some cinema memorabilia store in Paris where he plans to stop by tomorrow.