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Irreversible (2002)

Irréversible (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 22 May 2002 (France)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alex (as Bellucci)
... Marcus (as Cassel)
... Pierre (as Dupontel)
... Le Tenia (as Prestia)
... L'homme (as Nahon)
Stéphane Drouot ... Stéphane (as Drouot)
Jean-Louis Costes ... Fistman (as Costes)
... 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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$635,610 (France), 24 May 2002

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,086, 9 March 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$753,501, 20 April 2003
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Trivia

The film is included among the "1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die," edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Marcus: Who are you?
Mourad: Who am I? Until proof of the contrary, I can be your best friend.
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Crazy Credits

As would be expected of a film which runs backwards, the "end credits" are actually displayed at the beginning of the film. There are no credits at the end of the film, except for a title card which reads "Le temps détruit tout" (Time destroys everything). There are no studio logos after this. See more »

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Referenced in Love (2015) See more »

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Mon Manège à Moi
Music by Norbert Glanzberg
Lyrics by Jean Constantin
Performed by Étienne Daho
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A strange but not bad movie
30 November 2005 | by See 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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