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Irreversible (2002)

Irréversible (original title)
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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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Gaspar Noé

Writer:

Gaspar Noé
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Cast

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

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Kokoro wo yusaburu ai no monogatari[Japan] See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | Spanish | Italian | English

Release Date:

22 May 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Irreversible See more »

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

120 Films,Canal+,Eskwad See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The tagline ("Le temps détruit tout" meaning "Time destroys everything") is the first phrase spoken and the last phrase written. See more »

Goofs

When Alex is in the bed with her boyfriend and they get up to dance, the whole film crew is mirrored on the glass of the window. See more »

Quotes

Mourad: With a little money, we can help you get revenge. The assailant drew blood. Blood calls for revenge. Vengeance is a human right.
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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 »

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. Le Tenia rapes Alex and all of a sudden, he is lying beside her! See more »

Connections

Referenced in Undercover Porno (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

La Queuleuleu
Written by Guy Lux (as G. Lux) and Gérard Tempesti (as G. Tempesti)
Performed by André Bézu (as Bézu)
Editions Master Music / Fil Rouge
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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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