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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alex (as Bellucci)
... Marcus (as Cassel)
... Pierre (as Dupontel)
... Le Tenia (as Prestia)
... L'homme (as Nahon)
Stéphane Drouot ... Stéphane (as Drouot)
Jean-Louis Costes ... Fistman (as Costes)
... Mick (as Gondouin)
Mourad Khima ... Mourad (as Khima)
Hellal ... Layde
Nato ... Commissaire
Fesche ... Chauffeur Taxi
Jara-Millo ... Concha (as Jaramillo)
Le Quellec ... Inspecteur
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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Le temps détruit tout - Time destroys everything See more »


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22 May 2002 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Irreversible  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Every single actor in this film is only credited with their last name. See more »

Goofs

At the party Vincent Cassel gives his characters name as "Vincent" instead of "Marcus." He quickly covers his mistake and saves the scene. See more »

Quotes

Mourad: Have you broken your arm, my friend?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Memento (2000) See more »

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Symphony No. 9 in D Major - Adagio
Written by Gustav Mahler (as Mahler)
Koka Media
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A sad, depressing movie.
9 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

A lot has been said about this movie. Yes, there are a couple of brutal and violent scenes. It's even hard to watch at times, but Irreversible is much more than that.

I personally think that the acting is great. There's a natural chemistry between the 3 main characters. Monica Bellucci does a wonderful job as Alex. I give her a lot credit for being involved in such difficult role.

I really like the way the story was told. Some people say that it's a rip off of Memento, and that it doesn't work well in this movie, but I have to disagree. The movie "starts" in a dark way, with a lot of graphic images and violence. But at the end there's this kind of peace, a little dose of happiness..."the calm before the storm". It works really well, and that's what make this a really sad story.

I really recommend this film. But like I said before, it can be hard to watch. Just watch it with an open mind and give it a try.


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