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22 May 2002 (France) See more »
Le temps détruit tout - Time destroys everything See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Monica Bellucci ... Alex (as Bellucci)

Vincent Cassel ... Marcus (as Cassel)

Albert Dupontel ... Pierre (as Dupontel)
Jo Prestia ... Le Tenia (as Prestia)

Philippe Nahon ... 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)
Fatima Adoum ... Fatima (as Adoum)
Foulaux ... Janice
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stéphane Derdérian ... Client du Rectum (uncredited)
Christophe Lemaire ... Le danseur avec la chemise hawaïenne (uncredited)
Eric Moreau ... Extra (uncredited)

Gaspar Noé ... Client du Rectum (uncredited)
Titof ... Le mec sur le lit à la fête (uncredited)

Directed by
Gaspar Noé 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gaspar Noé 

Produced by
Vincent Cassel .... co-producer
Brahim Chioua .... co-producer
Emmanuel Gateau .... consulting producer
Richard Grandpierre .... co-producer
Gaspar Noé .... co-producer
Christophe Rossignon .... producer
Original Music by
Thomas Bangalter 
Cinematography by
Benoît Debie 
Gaspar Noé 
Film Editing by
Gaspar Noé 
Casting by
Jacques Grant 
Production Design by
Alain Juteau 
Costume Design by
Laure Culkovic 
Makeup Department
Pierre Chavialle .... hair stylist
Jean-Christophe Spadaccini .... special makeup effects artist
Ghislaine Tortereau .... hair stylist
Production Management
Serge Catoire .... production manager
Eric Chabot .... unit production manager
Virginia Lombardo .... unit manager
Ève Machuel .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stéphane Derdérian .... first assistant director
Élodie Gaiddon .... second assistant director
Olivier Théry-Lapiney .... first assistant director
Art Department
Sandra Castello .... assistant art director
Pascal Gras .... carpenter
Nicolas Javel .... assistant art director
Emmanuel Marthon .... head painter: second unit
Sound Department
Jean-Luc Audy .... sound
Xavier Bonneyrat .... assistant sound editor
Marc Boucrot .... sound editor
Olivier Busson .... boom operator
Vincent Cosson .... sound mix technician
Valérie Deloof .... sound
Cyril Holtz .... re-recording mixer
François Lepeuple .... foley artist
Visual Effects by
Rodolphe Chabrier .... visual effects supervisor
Yoann Copinet .... vfx editor
Xavier Fourmond .... digital compositor
Stéphanie Machuret .... senior digital compositor: Mac Guff Ligne
Christophe Richard .... digital artist
Isabelle Roussel .... digital compositor
Eric Vidal .... compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Kamel Belaïd .... electrician
David Campbell .... crane operator: Super Technocrane
Eric Catelan .... Steadicam operator
Eric Catelan .... a cam operator
Benoît Debie .... lighting designer
Denis Gaubert .... assistant camera: second unit
Jérôme Mauduit .... assistant camera: second unit
Antoine Rabaté .... assistant camera
Sébastien Saadoun .... assistant camera
Mathieu Szpiro .... gaffer
Benoît Bretagne .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Omri Ben Canaan .... extras casting
Editorial Department
Marc Boucrot .... assistant editor
Marc Boucrot .... color timer
Richard Deusy .... colorist
Arnaud Cachau .... avid technician (uncredited)
Location Management
Virginia Lombardo .... assistant location manager
Other crew
Peter Block .... acquisitions executive
Marielle Duigou .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Irréversible" - France (original title)
"Alex" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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97 min | Canada:99 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The tagline ("Le temps détruit tout" meaning "Time destroys everything") is the first phrase spoken and the last phrase written.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
[First lines]
Philippe:You want me to say it? Time destroys everything.
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Movie Connections:
References Angst (1983/I)See more »
Symphony No. 7 in A Major op. 92See more »


What is the meaning of the sequence of flashing lights at the end?
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17 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Overrated shock value, devoid of any real art, and not a particularly good film..., 9 March 2008
Author: GrigoryGirl from United States

This film is ugly, brutal, depressing, visceral, and hopeless. The first time I saw it, I was devastated. I reeled for days afterwards. But seeing it a 2nd time, I didn't care for it as much, in fact, I feel I've been had. Its impact is really felt the first time you see it, because seeing it the 2nd time, you realise a lot of things about it that aren't particularly good. Most of the dialogue is poor (most of it was improvised, and not very well), the violence of the film is purposely over the top, and Noe the director seems to delight in showing nasty stuff without really bringing a sense of art to it. He enjoys rubbing your face in the sleazy, horrific violence, but has no purpose other than saying "life is brutal". I can't deny that the film did have a great impact upon first viewing, but too often when one's sense are assaulted (like they are here), you can mistake that for great, artistic film-making.

Technically, the film is astounding. It was shot mostly in long takes, but edited together with CGI effects (the smashing of the head in the gay bar at the beginning was done digitally, as part of the rape scene). It's definitely a curiosity, but realise what you're getting into. It's really not for the squeamish. The opening scene in the gay bar is dizzying and brutal, and the rape scene is beyond brutal. Noe films the rape scene in one take, which makes it even more difficult to watch. Is the film art? No, it isn't. Simply because the film polarized audiences doesn't make it art (a common assumption by people). Noe's films (he's only complete 2 features) aren't really deep or anything, just pessimistic and brutal.

A telling episode about Noe happened a year or so ago. The IFC Theater in NYC has a feature they do occasionally. They bring in a filmmaker to introduce a film they admire. Noe showed his first film, I Stand Alone, and Pasolini's Salo. After Noe's film concluded, he talked to the audience on why he wanted to show Salo. All he talked about was the coprophilia scenes (aka the s**t eating scenes). He didn't talk about anything else that Salo had to offer (in terms of its message on fascism, sexual perversion, the cinematography, the production design). Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom is actually an excellent film. It's incredibly depressing and brutal, but has a real sense of art and is a genuinely controversial film, even to this day. Noe's films (he's made only 2) are not like this at all. Both I Stand Alone and Irreversible hit you in the face the first time you see them, but you shake it off, and Noe has nothing more to give you. This film has no resonance at all. It's just for shock value.

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