Irreversible ()

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 an underpass tunnel.


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Alex (as Bellucci)
Marcus (as Cassel)
Pierre (as Dupontel)
L'homme (as Nahon)
Le Tenia (as Prestia)
Stéphane Drouot ...
Stéphane (as Drouot)
Jean-Louis Costes ...
Fistman (as Costes)
Mick (as Gondouin)
Mourad Khima ...
Mourad (as Khima)
Layde Hellal ...
Layde (as Hellal)
Dominique Nato ...
Commissaire (as Nato)
Michel Fesche ...
Chauffeur Taxi (as Fesche)
Victoria Jaramillo ...
Concha (as Jaramillo)
Jean-Yves Le Quellec ...
Inspecteur (as Le Quellec)
Isabelle Giami ...
Copine d'Alex enceinte (as Giami)
Fatima (as Adoum)
Janice Foulaux ...
Janice (as Foulaux)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Client du Rectum (uncredited)
Christophe Lemaire ...
Le danseur avec la chemise hawaïenne (uncredited)
Le fumeur (uncredited)
Eric Moreau ...
Extra (uncredited)
Client du Rectum (uncredited)
Le mec sur le lit à la fête (uncredited)

Directed by

Gaspar Noé

Written by

Gaspar Noé ... ()

Produced by

Vincent Cassel ... co-producer
Brahim Chioua ... co-producer
Emmanuel Gateau ... consulting producer
Richard Grandpierre ... co-producer
Gaspar Noé ... co-producer / producer
Christophe Rossignon ... producer

Music by

Thomas Bangalter

Cinematography by

Benoît Debie
Gaspar Noé

Editing by

Gaspar Noé

Editorial Department

Marc Boucrot ... assistant editor / color timer
Richard Deusy ... colorist
Arnaud Cachau ... avid technician (uncredited)

Casting By

Jacques Grant

Production Design by

Alain Juteau

Costume Design by

Laure Culkovic

Makeup Department

Pierre Chavialle ... hair stylist
Sylvie Ferry ... special makeup effects artist
Jean-Christophe Spadaccini ... special makeup effects artist
Ghislaine Tortereau ... hair stylist

Production Management

Serge Catoire ... production manager
Eric Chabot ... unit production manager
Virginia Lombardo ... unit manager
Ève Machuel ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Stéphane Derdérian ... first assistant director
Élodie Gaiddon ... second assistant director
Julien Selleron ... assistant director
Alexandre Szuren ... assistant director
Olivier Thery Lapiney ... first assistant director (as Olivier Théry-Lapiney)

Art Department

Sandra Castello ... assistant art director
Pascal Gras ... carpenter
Nicolas Javel ... assistant art director
Emmanuel Marthon ... head painter: second unit

Sound Department

Jean-Luc Audy ... sound
Éric Bonnard ... adr mixer
Xavier Bonneyrat ... assistant sound editor
Marc Boucrot ... sound editor
Olivier Busson ... boom operator
Vincent Cosson ... sound mix technician
Valérie Deloof ... sound
Cyril Holtz ... re-recording mixer
François Lepeuple ... foley artist

Visual Effects by

Rodolphe Chabrier ... visual effects supervisor
Yoann Copinet ... vfx editor
Xavier Fourmond ... digital compositor
Stéphanie Machuret ... senior digital compositor: Mac Guff Ligne
Ramdam ... visual effects supervisor (as Stéphane Amram) / visual effects supervisor
Christophe Richard ... digital artist
Isabelle Roussel ... digital compositor
Eric Vidal ... compositor


Jean-Louis Airola ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Kamel Belaïd ... electrician
David Campbell ... crane operator: Super Technocrane
Eric Catelan ... camera operator: "a" camera / steadicam operator
Benoît Debie ... lighting designer
Denis Gaubert ... assistant camera: second unit
Jérôme Mauduit ... assistant camera: second unit
Antoine Rabaté ... assistant camera
Sébastien Saadoun ... assistant camera
Mathieu Szpiro ... gaffer
Benoît Bretagne ... additional electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

Omri Ben Canaan ... extras casting

Location Management

Virginia Lombardo ... assistant location manager

Additional Crew

Peter Block ... acquisitions executive
Marielle Duigou ... production assistant
Bradford L. Schlei ... production executive

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Plot Summary

A young woman, Alex, is raped by a stranger in a tunnel. Her boyfriend Marcus and ex-boyfriend Pierre decide to do justice themselves. In 2002, Gaspar Noé created controversy (and controversy) by presenting his film at the Cannes Film Festival. 17 years later, he returns with a brand new version of his cult film. Initially operated in an anechronological form (the film starts at the end and ends at its beginning), with Irreversible "Full Inversion" (2019), the filmmaker offers us a completely different reading, offering it to us in a chronological order.

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Also Known As
  • Irréversible - Inversion Intégrale (France)
  • Irreversible (Philippines, English title)
  • Irreversible (United States)
  • Irreversible (Egypt, English title)
  • Irreversible (Indonesia, English title)
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  • 97 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend France $635,610, 24 May 2002

Did You Know?

Trivia The first thirty minutes of the film has a background sound with a low frequency of 27 Hz which is almost infrasonic (this sounds like a rumble/vibration), similar types of noises are at times used by police to stop riots. According to Gaspar himself, this could only be heard in theaters (which usually have huge sound systems/subwoofers) and not from headphones or regular home theaters. In humans, this noise causes nausea, sickness, and vertigo. It was one of the reasons people walked out of screenings during the first part of the film. In fact, it was added by Thomas Bangalter (from the electronic music group Daft Punk) to get this reaction. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #18.6 (2005). See more »
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Crazy Credits As would be expected of a film that runs backwards, the "end credits" appear at the beginning of the film and scroll in reverse. There are no credits or studio logos at the end of the film, only the title card "Le temps détruit tout" ("Time destroys everything"). See more »
Quotes Philippe: Time destroys everything.
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