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Irreversible (2002)
"Irréversible" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
Alex (as Bellucci)
Marcus (as Cassel)
Pierre (as Dupontel)
Jo Prestia ...
Le Tenia (as Prestia)
L'homme (as Nahon)
Stéphane Drouot ...
Stéphane (as Drouot)
Jean-Louis Costes ...
Fistman (as Costes)
Mick (as Gondouin)
Mourad Khima ...
Mourad (as Khima)
Hellal ...
Nato ...
Fesche ...
Chauffeur Taxi
Jara-Millo ...
Concha (as Jaramillo)
Le Quellec ...
Isabelle Giami ...
Copine d'Alex enceinte (as Giami)


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

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Le temps détruit tout - Time destroys everything See more »


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Release Date:

22 May 2002 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Irreversible  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$305,702 (Italy) (24 May 2002)


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

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Did You Know?


After the film's premiere in Cannes, the audience sat in almost complete silence until the next movie was scheduled to start. See more »


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 »


[First lines]
Philippe: You want me to say it? Time destroys everything.
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Crazy Credits

The capital letter "E" is written backwards in the credits. See more »


References Possession (1981) See more »


La Queuleuleu
Written by G. Lux and G. Tempesti
Performed by André Bézu (as Bézu)
Editions Master Music / Fil Rouge
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User Reviews

Visceral, shocking, groundbreaking genius
23 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have seen this film only once. It needs multiple viewings, I feel, to fully appreciate it's merit. This is something that will come in time but I felt it was only right to comment after my first impression. I instantly gave the film 10 out of 10, not because I overly enjoyed it (nigh on impossible) but because it shook me, at times, to my very core and affected me in a way that I cannot easily or fully describe. I can honestly say Irreversible is the most devastating piece of cinema I've ever witnessed. This isn't solely due to it's shocking content but more so the production as a whole and how it has been constructed and packaged. It truly is a work of art. Camera-work, lighting, colour (primarily gaudy, striking tones of red and orange) all combine in an unforgettable amalgam of brilliance. Featuring towering performances from Cassel, Belluci and Dupontel the film lurches backward in time depicting the events of a truly tragic night in the lives of three friends. Alex (Belluci) is brutally raped on her way home from a party and Marcus (Cassel) and Pierre (Dupontel) set off determined to wreak vengeance on the perpetrator. However, that is merely the plot. Admittedly quite a simple premise but the way it is played out is unforgettable. This is a film that everyone should and arguably needs to see as it is, for me, a milestone of modern cinema. Raw and unflinching, can you stomach it?

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