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Release Date:
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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5 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Cinematic Torture See more (680 total) »


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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 Thery Lapiney .... first assistant director (as Olivier Théry-Lapiney)
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
Éric Bonnard .... adr mixer
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
Ramdam .... visual effects supervisor (as Stéphane Amram)
Ramdam .... visual effects supervisor
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 »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Austria:18 | Brazil:18 | Canada:R (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Québec) | Czech Republic:15 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-18 | France:16 (with warning) | Germany:18 | Greece:K-17 | Hong Kong:III (cut) | Hungary:18 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 | Japan:R-18 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 (with restriction) | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:R(A) (original rating) | Singapore:R21 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Sweden:18 (video rating) | UK:18 | USA:Not Rated

Did You Know?

The entire film was shot on Super 16, telecined to high-def video for color tweaking and editing, and then exported to Super 35. For many of the handheld shots, the director used the smallest existing 16mm camera, the Minima.See more »
Continuity: When Alex walks down the stairs of the tunnel, the knot of her dress around her neck and her hairstyle change after the camera shows the sign "passage" and comes back to Alex's back.See more »
[First lines]
Philippe:You want me to say it? Time destroys everything.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Last Exit (2003)See more »
La QueuleuleuSee more »


What is the meaning of the sequence of flashing lights at the end?
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380 out of 457 people found the following review useful.
Cinematic Torture, 19 February 2004
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

If movies are suppose to effect the viewer then this movie is king of the hill. From the dis-orienting camera moves that open the film through the violence in the gay bar, the seemingly never ending rape and the films unraveling of the days events in a backwards march I have yet to meet anyone who has not been deeply effected by this movie - if they were brave enough or stupid enough to watch it. (I'm still trying to figure out a local Best Buy displaying a large number of DVD's as if it was the latest Adam Sandler movie)

It is not an easy movie to watch but as an examination of what people are capable and how violence can come from nowhere and from the unexpected its a masterpiece. The backward structure takes what is essentially a dull revenge story and turns it on its ear as we are forced to really examine how things get out of hand very quickly and what people will do when pushed to the limit.

If you want a challenge to your psyche and can brave simply some of the most vicious and nasty screen violence (yes its graphic but much is also implied) then see this movie - preferably with out distraction. But be warned, even if you think you know what this movie is about and what your limits in screen violence is, you still won't be prepared for what a mental hot foot this film is.

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