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.

Director:

Gaspar Noé

Writer:

Gaspar Noé
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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 Drouot ... Stéphane (as Drouot)
Jean-Louis Costes Jean-Louis Costes ... Fistman (as Costes)
Mick Gondouin ... Mick (as Gondouin)
Mourad Khima Mourad Khima ... Mourad (as Khima)
Layde Hellal Layde Hellal ... Layde (as Hellal)
Dominique Nato Dominique Nato ... Commissaire (as Nato)
Michel Fesche Michel Fesche ... Chauffeur Taxi (as Fesche)
Victoria Jaramillo Victoria Jaramillo ... Concha (as Jaramillo)
Jean-Yves Le Quellec Jean-Yves Le Quellec ... Inspecteur (as Le Quellec)
Isabelle Giami Isabelle Giami ... Copine d'Alex enceinte (as Giami)
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Storyline

A young woman, Alex, is raped by a stranger in a tunnel. Her boyfriend Marcus and ex-boyfriend Pierre decide to do justice themselves. In 2002, Gaspar Noé created controversy (and controversy) by presenting his film at the Cannes Film Festival. 17 years later, he returns with a brand new version of his cult film. Initially operated in an anechronological form (the film starts at the end and ends at its beginning), with Irreversible "Full Inversion" (2019), the filmmaker offers us a completely different reading, offering it to us in a chronological order.

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Time destroys everything


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Director Gaspar Noé admitted to taking cocaine while filming the scenes in Rectum because he was so tired from operating the camera. When he was finished and the high wore off, he could not move his arms for the rest of the day. 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

[first lines]
Philippe: You want me to say it? Time destroys everything.
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Crazy Credits

The letters E, K, N, and R are printed backwards throughout the credits (as is the N in the StudioCanal logo). See more »

Alternate Versions

The Hong Kong version is cut (despite being given a Category III rating, meaning under 18s are prohibited from watching this film) for nudity and sexual violence. Most genitalia is blurred or pixelated except for the digital penis. Alex's rape is butchered by 5 mins. See more »

Connections

Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #18.6 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Mon Manège à Moi
Music by Norbert Glanzberg
Lyrics by Jean Constantin
Performed by Étienne Daho
Les Nouvelles Editions Meridian
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A strange but not bad movie
30 November 2005 | by mlscordiaSee all my reviews

This is one of the rarest film I've ever seen in my life. I can understand that sometimes this film is quite hard to put up with it, specially the outrageous Monica Bellucci's rape scene and I can understand too that many people, above all women, left the cinema. Needless to say this film is neither a porno movie nor tasteless sequences screened as if they tendon,t make sense. Lots of readings can be extracted after its showing. What might have gone on if the couple hadn't argued each other? Our life is not always the same as ever, could change a lot depending on occasions. Maybe our future is written in spite of not being aware of it. The performances are quite convincing: Monica Bellucci is a lot more than a pretty face and a stunning body and this transgressive film is going to introduce her to stardom ( I hardly ever imagine an actress so conventional, for example, Julia Roberts played a role like this). The men roles center on her but from my point of view Vincent Cassel's character is a bit upset and overacts at times opposite Albert Dupontel's which is calm and sensible to fly into a rage in a fortunately "politicatelly incorrect" ending. It is certainly a good movie, it's worth seeing unless you've got some preconceived ideas against out-of-the-way movies like this one. Apart from blockbusters there's another kind of cinema!


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Country:

France

Language:

French | Spanish | Italian | English

Release Date:

24 May 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Irreversible See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,086, 9 March 2003

Gross USA:

$792,200

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,479,328
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120 Films, Canal+, Eskwad See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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