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Gaspar Noé’s ‘Climax’ is a chaotic triumph, not for the faint of heart

“French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD,” reads IMDB’s plot summary of French filmmaker Gaspar Noé’s latest cinematic creation, “Climax.” What this plot summary, and any summary of the film…

Ego death

According to Sigmund Freud, the human psyche exists in three parts (id, ego and superego) that compete for control of our behaviors. Freud’s conception of the “id” mostly refers to what we would call “instincts” or “impulses.” This is also known as the “shadow,” and in my opinion, the biblical “devil” is referring to the…