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Irreversible (2002)

Irréversible (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 22 May 2002 (France)
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)
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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  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$635,610 (France), 24 May 2002

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,086, 9 March 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$753,501, 20 April 2003
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Trivia

The first 30 minutes of the film has a background noise with a frequency of 28 Hz (low frequency, almost inaudible), similar to the noise produced by an earthquake. In humans, it causes nausea, sickness and vertigo. It was a cause of people walking out of the theaters during the first part of the film. In fact, it was added with the purpose of getting this reaction. 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

Marcus: Who are you?
Mourad: Who am I? Until proof of the contrary, I can be your best friend.
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Crazy Credits

As would be expected of a film which runs backwards, the "end credits" are actually displayed at the beginning of the film. There are no credits at the end of the film, except for a title card which reads "Le temps détruit tout" (Time destroys everything). There are no studio logos after this. See more »

Connections

References Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 7 in A Major op. 92
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven (as Beethoven)
Koka Media
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Hits you in the face like a ten ton hammer!
14 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Holy Macaroni! Believe the hype, folks...this really IS one of the most shocking, confronting and raw movies ever made! It actually is one of those rare purchases that makes you wonder what the role of cinema is in modern society. Irréversible certainly can't be classified as 'entertainment', that's for sure. It merely looks like a brutal eye-opener, highly unpleasant to watch at times and it sometimes makes you even feel ashamed to be human! Some of the stuff here goes beyond your most feared nightmares and could easily provoke depression, anti-social behavior and anxiety among influential viewers. It's real-life drama and that makes it so powerful and shocking. Irréversible is told backwards, 'Memento'-style if you wish...only it's a lot more effective here as it was in Memento, which actually was a pretty boring and extremely overrated movie. This very simple backwards-structure aspect gives Irréversible the opportunity to implement a couple of unique and rarely seen style elements. The first half hour (which actually is the end of the story) smacks you in the face right away sets the tone for a non-stop, raw experience. Also, you don't really get to know the characters until the last chapter (which is actually the beginning of the film) The characters are a riddle to you constantly and you can't symphatise with any of them, since you just know too little. Through wild camera movements and simplistic techno-music, a claustrophobic and horrifying atmosphere gets created and the violence is really hard to digest. The infamous scene in which Monica Belluci brutally gets raped is one of the most perverted things I've ever seen. It seems to go on forever and you can really visiualise the painful hell the poor girl is going through. I'd call Irréversible a successful combination of ancient, rough exploitation and modern art-house film-making. The brutality portrayed here is typical for the euro-shock cinema but the stylish shooting lifts it up to Cannes Festival material. Cult as pure as it comes!


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