I knew nothing at all about this film going in, and you should know nothing as well. This gift of a film screened and my local film festival (FNC 2021) followed by a late night screening of “LVX ÆTERNA”, and “VORTEX” was definitely my favorite of the two. My friend who told me the festival also said that Gaspar Noé’s last film would be screening and it triggered a “Vietnam flashback” to my first experience watching “CLIMAX”, with psychedelic visual and a killer soundtrack, and I’m not going to lie that was what I was expecting from VORTEX. However, Gaspar presented us with a quiet, contemplative piece of cinema that I believe is nothing less than a love-letter to cinema and filmmaking itself. Bravo Gaspar!