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

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$4,626 (Hong Kong) (19 December 2003)
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The book Alex is reading (as shown in the last scene) while she is lying on the grass, is "An Experiment With Time" by J.W. Dunne. See more »

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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 »

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[First lines]
Philippe: You want me to say it? Time destroys everything.
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Performed by André Bézu (as Bézu)
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Almost A Masterpiece….But Not Quite
24 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Irreversible is of the violent vigilantism genre. I think to elaborate on the storyline further would spoil the film, because it is not knowing what is happening that makes the film what it is.

It is a very good film, but not quite a great one. Why not? Firstly, because the film is effectively played in reverse, you spend parts of the viewing time wondering what on earth is going on - and in a frustrating "lost" way rather than a captivated "held in suspense" way. It is not until near the end that you realise why the characters have been behaving as they have. Also, characters pop up out of nowhere - this has the effect of, at times, going beyond curiosity to create sheer frustration. (Personally, I thought Tarantino's concept of starting the movie in the middle (Reservoir Dogs) was more effective - it created two intriguing questions: what happened before and what happened after? You then got to see the beginning, followed by the end. THAT worked perfectly.) Secondly, rather like I Stand Alone (another Gaspar Noe effort) the violence is gratuitous and excessive. I am not easily shocked or prudish but was it really necessary for the graphic rape scene to last several minutes? There are other violent scenes that also go on for an unrealistically long time - the beatings dished out would, in reality, kill people long before they die in this film. What is the purpose of this? However, I am emphasising the negatives. Don't let this put you off. While frustrating at times, the film being played in reverse is what makes it so brilliantly thought-provoking and thrilling - it's a real brain teaser working it out. Overall, this is a riveting, brilliantly acted and original production. It's a worthy additional to anyone's collection. It's also a great display of how we can jump to the wrong conclusions about people by making snap judgements. The victims aren't victims, and the bad guys aren't bad at all! (Watch the film - then you'll understand.)


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