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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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  (Cast overview, first billed only)

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)
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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?

During the party scene shortly after (or before) the rape, when Marcus (Vincent Cassel) is asked his name, he replies "Vincent" instead of his character's name. He quickly covers this up by saying "just kidding" so that they would not have to reset the long and complicated shot.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): As the subway arrives, Pierre describes it as blue. Actually it is green and white.See more »
[First lines]
Philippe:You want me to say it? Time destroys everything.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Dirties (2013)See more »
Symphony No. 9 in D Major - AdagioSee more »

7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Easily the very worst film I have ever seen..., 20 August 2012
Author: atomicis from Tennessee, United States

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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