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Irreversible (2002)

Irréversible (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 24 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.

Director:

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)
Mick Gondouin ... 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

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Time destroys everything


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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The entire film was shot on Super 16, telecined to high-definition video for color tweaking and editing, and then exported to Super 35. For many of the handheld shots, the director used the smallest existing 16mm camera, the Minima. See more »

Goofs

When Alex walks down the stairs of the tunnel, the knot of her dress around her neck and her hairstyle change after the camera shows the sign "passage" and comes back to Alex's back. See more »

Quotes

Marcus: I want to fuck your ass.
Alex: I thought you were romantic.
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Crazy Credits

The "N" in the "Studio Canal" logo at the start of the film is backwards. 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

Referenced in Forget Paris (2011) 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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Visceral, shocking, groundbreaking genius
23 March 2005 | by wheatdogSee all my reviews

I have seen this film only once. It needs multiple viewings, I feel, to fully appreciate it's merit. This is something that will come in time but I felt it was only right to comment after my first impression. I instantly gave the film 10 out of 10, not because I overly enjoyed it (nigh on impossible) but because it shook me, at times, to my very core and affected me in a way that I cannot easily or fully describe. I can honestly say Irreversible is the most devastating piece of cinema I've ever witnessed. This isn't solely due to it's shocking content but more so the production as a whole and how it has been constructed and packaged. It truly is a work of art. Camera-work, lighting, colour (primarily gaudy, striking tones of red and orange) all combine in an unforgettable amalgam of brilliance. Featuring towering performances from Cassel, Belluci and Dupontel the film lurches backward in time depicting the events of a truly tragic night in the lives of three friends. Alex (Belluci) is brutally raped on her way home from a party and Marcus (Cassel) and Pierre (Dupontel) set off determined to wreak vengeance on the perpetrator. However, that is merely the plot. Admittedly quite a simple premise but the way it is played out is unforgettable. This is a film that everyone should and arguably needs to see as it is, for me, a milestone of modern cinema. Raw and unflinching, can you stomach it?


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Country:

France

Language:

French | Spanish | Italian | English

Release Date:

24 May 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

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

Runtime:

| | (Inversion intégrale)

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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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