The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival


From A24 and director Gaspar Noé comes Climax, a hypnotic and hallucinatory portrayal of a party that descends into delirium over the course of a night.

Join us on July 30th & 31st for a pre-screening party with drink specials and a live DJ set by T ABU Z —  party starts 9:30pm and the film at 10:30pm.  

In the mid 90’s, 20 urban dancers join together for a three-day rehearsal in a closed-down boarding school located at the heart of a forest to share one last dance. They then make one last party around a large sangria bowl. Quickly, the atmosphere becomes charged and a strange madness will seize them the whole night. If it seems obvious to them that they have been drugged, they neither know by who nor why. And it’s soon impossible for them to resist to their neurosises and psychoses, numbed by the hypnotic and the increasing electric rhythm of the music. While some feel in paradise, most of them plunge into hell.

Packing a punch as potent as any of Noe’s other films, Climax is yet another striking offering from the Enter the Void director.

Presented with support from UniFrance.


“Climax doesn’t exactly have a point to make, but as an exercise in visceral filmmaking, it passes with flying colors.” — Zhuo-Ning Su, Awards Daily

“While this kind of story could easily wind up as a suffocating, sensory overload, Noe’s camera follows each subject in Climax with a steady and curious, if emotionally distanced, eye.” — Rhys Tarling, Isolated Nation

“Climax is a tour-de-force and a visual spectacle that all who love cinema should experience.” — Shannon McGrew, Nightmarish Conjurings