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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

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Taglines:

Le temps détruit tout - Time destroys everything See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The rape scene was shot a number of times, and the only constraint on the actors, apart from the beginning and the end, was that it did not run over twenty minutes. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Marcus: Why don't you rummage through your shitass genetic code?
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The capital letter "E" is written backwards in the credits. See more »

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

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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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Good/Bad isn't the issue, Dude
21 March 2009 | by eyeacheSee all my reviews

Ever felt truly sea-sick? It's the only condition where you long for death, but which doesn't kill you. The only difference between that state and watching this film is that when you reach land and recover from the sea-sickness, you feel great. After finishing with this film, you feel even worse because it pollutes you permanently. You disgust yourself for having watched it. Actually, I watched it twice, in a desperate attempt to find out why it had been made. There was no answer. I managed to partially erase it from memory after a couple of years, and only now write these comments because a friend of mine said she wanted to see it. So I'm sending it off to her, and glad to be rid of it. No doubt there will be others who want to see it for the reason it's so horrible. Prepare to feel a sense of mental and emotional damage for the rest of your life. It's not bad, like Saving Private Ryan; it's not good, like Alfredo Garcia. It just is, and I wish it wasn't.


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