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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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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 entire story is told backwards which means that each sequence starts at that moment where the next sequence in the film ends. 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

Alex: I've been reading the most amazing book.
Marcus: So what is it?
Alex: It says that the future is already written. It's all there. And the proof lies in premonitory dreams.
Pierre: Wow! It's putting us to sleep already!
Marcus: Even dreams are bad news.
Pierre: I often dream I'm sleeping. It's my only dream.
Alex: Well, at least you relax!
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Crazy Credits

The "N" in the "Studio Canal" logo at the start of the film is backwards. See more »

Connections

References Possession (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

La Queuleuleu
Written by G. Lux and G. Tempesti
Performed by André Bézu (as Bézu)
Editions Master Music / Fil Rouge
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Cinematic Nihilism
31 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I went back and forth, debating whether or not to award Irreversible a ten-star or one-star rating. There is no middle ground; this film can only inspire love or hate. No one will find it merely "okay." Ultimately, I decided to award a perfect rating just because of the visceral reaction I had. I appreciated Irreversible, but that doesn't mean I always enjoyed watching it. There were times I wanted to shut off my television, the pictures on screen becoming too graphic and upsetting, but I didn't. When I finally reached the end (or is it the beginning of this twisty narrative?) I felt like I had accomplished something great just by absorbing the frames of this film. This is not an easy watch, and I don't know if I'll ever want to revisit it again, but I would recommend to those who have a strong stomach and a taste for twisted cinema.


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