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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
Isabelle Giami ...
Copine d'Alex enceinte (as Giami)
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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

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Le temps détruit tout - Time destroys everything See more »


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22 May 2002 (France)  »

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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 "Rectum" was in fact a genuine gay S&M club in Paris. The crew changed the name, redressed the set and added red lighting. The club was spread across the basements of three separate buildings and was so cavernous and confusing that many of the crewmembers became claustrophobic in it. See more »

Goofs

When Alex walks down the stairs of the tunnel, the knot of her dress around her neck and her hairstyle change after the camera shows the sign "passage" and comes back to Alex's back. See more »

Quotes

Marcus: I want to fuck your ass.
Alex: I thought you were romantic.
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Mon Manège À Moi
Written by Jean Constantin and Norbert Glanzberg
Performed by Étienne Daho
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There is a line you don't cross ...
5 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm sorry but this film goes way beyond what is acceptable. It's a great idea for a story and needs a certain level of violence to convey it but this goes too far. I am not a prude, am very broad minded and love a good blood n guts horror as much as the next person but this film made me feel physically sick! Showing a women get brutally raped for 10 mins and then beaten into a coma is not entertainment. Showing a man get his skull beaten to pulp with a fire extinguisher and actually see it cave in is not entertainment. I accept that both scenes were integral to the film but there was absolutely no need to make them so revolting and downright brutal.

I stopped watching half way through the rape scene, took the film out and promptly binned it. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone!


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