A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.
An aging porn star agrees to participate in an "art film" in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film.
Three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet. The trio spend their days listening to endless homemade tapes that teach them a whole ... See full summary »
The charismatic criminal Dobermann, who got his first gun when he was christened, leads a gang of brutal robbers. After a complex and brutal bank robbery, they are being hunted by the Paris... See full summary »
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
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 »
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 »
I've been reading the most amazing book.
So what is it?
It says that the future is already written. It's all there. And the proof lies in premonitory dreams.
Wow! It's putting us to sleep already!
Even dreams are bad news.
I often dream I'm sleeping. It's my only dream.
Well, at least you relax!
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The "N" in the "Studio Canal" logo at the start of the film is backwards. See more »
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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