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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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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:

Kokoro wo yusaburu ai no monogatari[Japan] 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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The film is included among the "1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die," edited by Steven Schneider. 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

[On getting revenge for Alex]
Mourad: This is a man's business. No pussies allowed.
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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. Le Tenia rapes Alex and all of a sudden, he is lying beside her! See more »

Connections

References Barry Lyndon (1975) 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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Stunning cinematic achievement
29 December 2003 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

Like Gasper Noe's wonderful I STAND ALONE, Gasper Noe's IRREVERSIBLE is also the work of a unique visionary.

The film is notorious for its extended rape sequence and fire extinguisher beating, but it is also a scathing study of the male animal and an exercise in style that is never gratuitous.

Fans of rape-themed movies will not go home unimpressed with the brutal staging of Monica Belluci's rape; nor will fans of extreme violence be disappointed with what transpires in The Rectum. But it is the film's incredible soundscape that initially arrests our attention with its industrial drone that becomes the aural equivalent of a pendulum swinging just inches above our faces.

The camerawork mirrors the emotional state of Vincent Cassel, the male lead, and, as the film unspools in reverse, so does the camera retreat from its wild, anarchic rhythm to a state of peace and fixed composition.

Noe is an uncompromising soul who fixates on a theme and gallops to the horizon with it.

IRREVERSIBLE joins films like IN A GLASS CAGE, ASSAULT JACK THE RIPPER, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST and BEAUTIFUL GIRL HUNTER in their shared defiance of all that's bland and wrong with most of today's cinema.


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