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Irreversible (2002)
"Irréversible" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  22 May 2002 (France)
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Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Alex (as Bellucci)
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Marcus (as Cassel)
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Pierre (as Dupontel)
Jo Prestia ...
Le Tenia (as Prestia)
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L'homme (as Nahon)
Stéphane Drouot ...
Stéphane (as Drouot)
Jean-Louis Costes ...
Fistman (as Costes)
Michel Gondoin ...
Mick (as Gondouin)
Mourad Khima ...
Mourad (as Khima)
Hellal ...
Layde
Nato ...
Commissaire
Fesche ...
Chauffeur Taxi
Jara-Millo ...
Concha (as Jaramillo)
Le Quellec ...
Inspecteur
Giami ...
Isabelle
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Storyline

Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover take matters into their own hands by hiring two criminals to help them find the rapist so that they can exact revenge. A simultaneously beautiful and terrible examination of the destructive nature of cause and effect, and how time destroys everything. Written by Denny Gibbons

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

underpass | night | rapist | revenge | fate | See more »

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Kokoro wo yusaburu ai no monogatari[Japan] See more »


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22 May 2002 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Irreversible  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,626 (Hong Kong) (19 December 2003)

Gross:

$4,626 (Hong Kong) (19 December 2003)
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Trivia

The first 30 minutes of the film has a background noise with a frequency of 28Hz (low frequency, almost inaudible), similar to the noise produced by an earthquake. In humans, it causes nausea, sickness and vertigo. It was the main cause of people walking out of the theaters during the first part of the film in places like Cannes and San Sebastian. In fact, it was added with the purpose of getting this reaction. See more »

Goofs

At the party Vincent Cassel gives his characters name as "Vincent" instead of "Marcus." He quickly covers his mistake and saves the scene. See more »

Quotes

Marcus: I want to fuck your ass.
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The capital letter "E" is written backwards in the credits. See more »

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Symphony No. 9 in D Major - Adagio
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Absolute Trash
10 April 2006 | by (London) – See all my reviews

What the hell was that?

This was probably the worst piece of cinema I've encountered, considering its very thinn and simplistic plot, shadowing the disturbing atmosphere of very sinister subjects which were specifically rape and murder.

I particularly found the 9-minute sequence of Monica being raped disgusting, and I'm sitting here wondering why anyone paying to watch this in the cinemas would enjoy witnessing a rape -- completely unnecessary.

If you are considering purchasing this film, don't. If you own a copy, burn it. I cannot believe a piece of garbage such as this was allowed to make screenings. Only a psychopath would most likely defend this film.


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