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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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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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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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Opening Weekend:

$305,702 (Italy) (24 May 2002)

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$753,501 (USA) (18 April 2003)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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As the subway arrives, Pierre describes it as blue. Actually it is green and white. See more »

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[looking at Alex and a few girls dancing together]
Pierre: Look how beautiful she is.
Marcus: Look how beautiful THEY are! A blonde! A brunette! A blonde! A brunette!
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The capital letter "E" is written backwards in the credits. See more »

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Easily the very worst film I have ever seen...
20 August 2012 | by (Tennessee, United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this because I was enchanted by Monica Bellucci in "Shoot 'Em Up" and saw that this film was what IMDb's drop down used to further identify her. Although Ms Bellucci does get to act a little bit, mostly she is little more than a prop. I don't shy away from gore, violence or emotional terror for that matter; it's all ACTING and it drives many great films. This is not one of them.

The word "gratuitous" is terribly overused, but here it applies. Even if one tries to watch this as "art for art's sake", there is little redemption for the movie. The shots alternately leave people out of frame who should be in, and then go wide enough to make me ask myself if the director was drunk or just bad, or both.

Why this film exists is a mystery. It is set in reverse order, but if it was rearranged normally it would still be a vacuous waste of the viewer's time. I want my 93 minutes back!


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