An extract of the Vortex poster showing 2 elderly people hugging one another

Vortex (15)

Directed by: Gaspar Noé
France/Belgium/French, English (Partly subtitled) (2021)
Friday 13 May 3pm - Thursday 26 May 2022 4:30pm
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  • Peak Screenings (after 6pm) £10.50. Concessions £9
  • Off-Peak Screenings (before 6pm) £9. Concessions £8
  • Under 26s £5 all screenings

  • Cast
    Dario Argento, Françoise Lebrun, Alex Lutz


    2 hours and 20 minutes

    Recommended Age:
    15 for drug misuse

    Gaspar Noé’s latest is a tender film about loneliness, love and dying.

    Vortex is a radical departure from Noé’s previous films, perhaps influenced by the fact that the director suffered a near-fatal brain haemorrhage in 2020. Vortex is a tender exploration of ageing, death and dementia, starring giallo maestro Dario Argento as Father and La Maman et a Putain star Françoise Lebrun as Mother. The film is presented entirely in split-screen, with the couple going about their day simultaneously together and alone. Their day is uneventful but compelling nonetheless, and their tenderness so familiar it’s heartbreaking. However, even in Noé’s darkest films there are flashes of tenderness, and here he fully embraces it: Mother and Father are loving and they’re dying, and it’s the quiet universality of it that makes Vortex so moving. – Anna Bogutskaya, BFI



    5 star review
    "One of the finest pictures Noé has made”
    The Guardian
    5 star review
    "Delivers an emotional punch"
    5 star review
    "Vortex is yet another masterpiece from the one and only Gaspar Noé"
    Movie Maker
    A close up of the red cinema chairs and steps

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