Murphy is an American living in Paris who enters a highly sexually and emotionally charged relationship with the unstable Electra. Unaware of the effect it will have on their relationship, they invite their pretty neighbor into their bed.
A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits the town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away.
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
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 »
[On getting revenge for Alex]
This is a man's business. No pussies allowed.
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The "N" in the "Studio Canal" logo at the start of the film is backwards. See more »
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 »
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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