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Irreversible (Version française) [Import]

Monica Bellucci , Vincent Cassel , Gaspar Noé    Unrated   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
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Alex and Marcus are a couple whose story is told over the course of a fateful day. The tumultuous odyssey begins with a brutal killing then unspools in reverse to reveal the horrifying events that lead to the gut-wrenching, violent climax of the opening scene. IRREVERSIBLE’S disturbing look at fate and destiny pushes the envelope of human emotions and takes filmmaking to another level.


Irreversible begins with the closing credits running backwards before the film begins (or ends) with Marcus (Vincent Cassell) and Pierre (Albert Dupontel) being escorted out of a gay S&M club by the cops, Marcus with his arm broken and Pierre in handcuffs. The "story" proceeds to unwind in a series of single-take scenes that unfold Memento-style, with each scene giving more context to what we have seen previously. Each scenario depicts actions, dialogue, incident, behavior, and circumstances that the lead characters might have wished didn't happen, ranging from extreme violence through awkward social situations to mild embarrassment. The central character (and possible dreamer of this whole what-if story) emerges as Alex (Monica Bellucci), who suffers the worst in a very hard-to-watch rape sequence in an underpass. Semi-improvised, the scenes all have attack and power as themes, with later/earlier conversational sequences that suggest life isn't all sexual assaults in the dark, showing equal cinematic imagination with the horrors. Arguably, this is not a film most would subject themselves to twice, but it is something that stays in the mind for days after viewing, sparking far more ideas and emotions than most wallow-in-nastiness pictures. --Kim Newman

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Blowin' Masterpiece!!!!!! June 21 2003
By Y.A.
Finally!!! a REAL FILM!!!!!!!!.....
I'm so tired of wasting 2 hours of my life seeing worhtless, so-called films that I can't believe anyone would fund (usually millions of dollars for) such nonsense.
In this film you will see the true meaning of the human condition.
The style of the film is pure brilliance. The acting is thrilling ...its sheer perfection.
Warning: the first scene, is horrifying, (with shockingly, explicit violence) but continue watching, it is well worth the ride.
Don't just see it..buy it! Its a must have!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, though admittedly flawed July 29 2003
By Reed
This movie had me on the edge of my seat, I could hardly watch it! The rape scene is horrific, as is the death scene, but that's why this movie is good. A rape and death scene SHOULD be horrific and unwatchable! Hollywood makes these subjects entertaining, not horrific. The only reason I didn't give this movie five stars is because the dialogue is absolutely atrocious in parts. Just horrible. But the first twenty minutes is filled with such terror and energy, with the camera swooping up and down, it's enough be cause nausea. Watch Irreversible with the lights out, the surround sound on loud, and your hands on the edge of your seats. It's loud, twisted, horrific, and unapologetic about it! Monica Bellucci does an incredible job, and she is not outdone by the technical aspects of the film, which is basically made up of scenes that were done in one take. Be prepared for an intense film!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enter If You Dare. Sept. 6 2003
"Irreversible," the new film from French director Gaspar Noe, is a crude revenge fantasy dressed up as an art-house film. As the movie begins with the ending credits, it tells its sordid story in reverse a la "Memento," and the camera jitters during each scene so nervously, you'll be reaching for your Dramamine within just minutes. Its hero, Marcus (Vincent Cassell), seeks to avenge the savage rape of his girlfriend Alex (the attractive Monica Bellucci), and in so doing, he begins a violent journey that leads him into a sleazy gay club called, of all things, the Rectum. "Irreversible" has quickly gotten a reputation for being one of the most visually graphic movies ever made. Having seen this movie, I can testify that its reputation is well earned. One scene involves a man getting beaten (literally) to a pulp with a fire extinguisher; the beating is so relentless that it's impossible not to squirm even once. But the more unsettling scene involves the nine minute rape of Alex, which has to be the most horrific depiction of violence I've ever witnessed on a screen. While many people reportedly bolted out of theatres during this scene, I saw the whole thing in its entirety. (Then again, your stomach may be not as strong, so think hard before you see this movie.) It's a long and agonizing sequence that leaves almost nothing to imagination, and it's at this point where most people stop watching "Irreversible." But while Noe is a talented stylist with the camera, the script has flaws. Prior to her rape, Alex is not only dressed in a skin-tight dress but also approaches a poorly-lit subway station after dark. I find it hard to believe that most women in the 21st century would use such incredibly poor judgment. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars some of the most disturbing scenes ever June 28 2004
If there's one thing that can be stated with utmost certainty, it is that "Irreversible," a French film by writer/director Gaspar Noe, is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. In fact, this tale of the brutal rape of a helpless young woman is one of the most harrowing films ever made and features two of the most graphic scenes ever committed to film: the rape itself and the killing of the man responsible for the rape.
Although I imagine that very few people will end up subjecting themselves to this film in the long run, those who do will witness an amazing piece of work in many ways. Like the movie "Betrayal" from 1983, "Irreversible" tells its story in reverse chronological order. It begins with a frenzied man racing through a gay sex club, madly searching for someone we know merely as Le Tenia. Only as the story develops - as we are taken ever further back in time - do we begin to understand what is going on: that this young man, Marcus, is seeking vengeance on the rapist who has brutally attacked his pregnant girlfriend. Noe keeps us in a state of confusion by filming the scene in such a way as to reflect the maniacal state of Marcus' revenge-obsessed mind. The camera bounces around in epileptic confusion while the audience attempts to get its bearings. Eventually, as the filmmakers backtrack to reveal the events that have led up to this moment, the camera calms down and we get to see the whole ugly story acted out in painfully graphic detail. In fact, in the rape scene itself, Noe reverses his filmmaking style 180 degrees, deliberately leaving the camera stationary and focused on the event as it plays itself out. He simply won't allow us to stop looking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Existentialism June 20 2004
Irreversible is a film that displaces the viewer in such a significant way that to watch it is more akin to dreaming about a real-life experience. The film, through dialogue, actions, and character archetypes, suggests that only way to make sense of and live through the horrific and reversed melodramatic anti-revenge storyline is to view the film through a near existential psychological perspective. Yipe. In easier language, the film demands your own removal of pre-conditioned emotional responses to rape, murder, revenge, humor, sexual excitement, intimacy, sadness, rage, and especially blame. The very beginning of the film features the man from the feature I STAND ALONE telling another man how he messed his own life up...that time destroys all things. His companion ultimately nay-says this, indicating that any crimes or tragedies are just what they are, nothing more...a series of events. Noe challenges the viewers to attempt to view Irreversible in that very detached state, not for or against what you see. (nutty camera moves...) By doing so you will be able to live through the incredibly sad and horrific storyline. By Noe telling the story in reverse, he rescues the film from melodrama, vengence, or "true crime" genre BS. Together, almost in a 50/50 contract deal, Noe and the viewer can attain the meaning of this story about Alex, Marcus, Pierre, the Tenia, ramifications and origins of any and all the events you see in Irreversible. The result will vary, I believe, from person to person...as it should. I can only echo other reviews in warning you of the intensity and violence, but the sadness and (yes) beauty of the film's meaning that I derived was phenomenal.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not the movie I would watch
I saw this movie, I did not like this movie because I gave this one star. Stick to other Monica Bellucci movies.
Published 8 months ago by Kevin Barton
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst movies ever
This movie is horribly written, filmed and the message is disgusting. Soundtrack designed to induce nausea. This director should be banned from making films.
Published 20 months ago by Scrat
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast
my previous movie order took around 4 weeks to ship... this was 2 days, and I didn't even select the fastest option.
Published 24 months ago by Daniel Wester
1.0 out of 5 stars Love Monica Bellucci - Hate this movie
I bought this movie because of Monica Bellucci. It is the worst movie ever, it will make you feel like you are on a bad drug trip or something.
Published on Sept. 12 2012 by Roger Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars A file that creates emotional conflict
We have watched this film several times, when we do we can't take our eyes off it....The scenes leading up to the party & the party itself are compulsive because they are so... Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant work of art.
There are two sides to "Irreversible". The first one is violent and disturbing, the second one beautiful and romantic. Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by Tyler Durden
1.0 out of 5 stars What thrash!
What a thrash of a movie! Can't see what's the rave all about.
Tries to disguise a poor movie by doing silly things like running it in back to front (it starts with the end of... Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly Twisted
A few of my friends told me about this movie after a late night of drinking and that it was the most twisted film ever made. I decided to watch it after everyone went asleep. Read more
Published on June 14 2004 by "sunone1050"
4.0 out of 5 stars Irreversible
Irreversible is a film that explores the deep pain that human life can have, through extreme violence and sexuality. Read more
Published on June 14 2004 by Chris Bundoc
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoa
I don't want to give anything away (IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT, DON'T READ THIS), but has anyone noticed that the guy that gets bludgeoned with the fire extinguisher isn't even the... Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by B. Parker
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