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Irreversible (Version française) [Import]

3.5 out of 5 stars 121 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel, Jo Prestia, Philippe Nahon
  • Directors: Gaspar Noé
  • Writers: Gaspar Noé
  • Producers: Vincent Cassel, Gaspar Noé, Brahim Chioua, Christophe Rossignon, Emmanuel Gateau
  • Format: Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: Aug. 5 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 121 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00009W0U4
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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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This is an unusual film, it is filmed in reverse scene order, the end scene is first, the beginning is last, and the camera work is off the wall. Literally, off the wall! It may have been partially filmed by cameras on drones, everything is topsy turvy! If you are subject to sea sickness be prepared, this is a dizzying film, the cameras spinning and dancing around, it's hard to keep track of where you are!

Another thing to be prepared for is the ghetto French. The film is subtitled, but the dialog is delivered in grunts and shouts. Fully formed sentences are rare, and the homophobia, and swearing are rampant!

The opening scene shows someone being murdered in a dark, gay, sex club, the murder weapon being a fire extinguisher... I had to look away at the end because some things can't be un-seen!!

As the movie progresses, we see what came before, the horrible rape scene that precipitated the murder. The frantic search by a crazed man for the perp. who raped and beat his girl friend.

Finally we see the beginning of the story, which is why I only give this film 4 stars. The beginning of a movie usually gives us character development, but that's something we don't need in this case, we know everybody quite well, thank you! I would have shown the beginning at the beginning, or not at all. I fast forwarded through this part, not really interested, I've seen the film!

If you like the nitty gritty; unusual films; European style; this is for you. Caution, the murder and rape scenes are TOO REAL for Hollywood!
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As bewildering and brutal as this movie is, it is pure about 'conception' as a beginning, an end, and a loss. And how fascinatingly fragile our lives are within the confines of love and anger. Definitely for fans of Goddard, Brunel and the like. Gaspar Noe continues and expands controversial and conversational art cinema with the latest in technology and the realism of humanities dark side. Without giving anything away, there is a great shot of Kubricks 2001: A Space Odyssey poster in a scene. With the header saying 'The Ultimate Trip' and Bowman having been 'reborn' as a guided evolutionary progression. Noe sets out to show how easily that can be thwarted, and the consequences for so many thereof. The jarring camera moves which so many complain aren't necessary, I think completely are. It's to give the perspective of a life created, lost, and forever in limbo IMHO. And hopefully that may give other viewers better respect for it all. And maybe there is an escape by going 'back to the beginning'? Or, as the title suggests, a life lost is totally irreversible. For all it's perversion, ugliness, brutality, careless lust to true love - this is a truly BEAUTIFUL film! The soundtrack is great as well, winding up with Beethoven's great 9th Adagio (which always makes me think of Zardoz, which may have inspired Noe as well?) The only downside to this DVD is very little on Noe's intentions, actors interviews, censorship battles, etc. A neat little feature on some of the effects used to create minor to major elements in scenes. And some (hate to say) useless music video's and trailers. As much as I'd like to know more about Noe and the actors and all, I'm sure I will in time. This is certainly a great DVD to get one interested and to keep on hand for time to come.
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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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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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