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- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 5, 2003
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Lions Gate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Deleted Scenes
- Featurette: Making of the Special Effects
- Audio Commentary:
- Gaspar Noe - Director
- Director & Crew
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Vincent Cassel & Monica Bellucci|
|Performer:||Albert Dupontel, Philippe Nahon & Jo Prestia|
|Directed by||Gaspar Noé|
|Screenwriting by||Gaspar Noé|
|Composition by||Thomas Bangaltar|
|Produced by||Christophe Rossignon|
|Director of Photography:||Benoît Debie|
...An amazing, and profoundly disturbing, experience....[Noe is] a new kind of film wizard: a poet of apocalyptic shock...
Rating: A -- Contains crippling, extended acts of sexual violence and general inhumanity, yet, under the bleeding rawness of it all, was a film of brilliant technical achievement and unrivaled, unrelenting ferocity. Full Review
There is nothing moral about Irreversible -- only sneeringly superior and nihilistic, like Johnny Rotten at his most fatuous. Full Review
It is telling that Noé, a filmmaker ordinarily enamored by the grueling underbelly of human behavior, can effectively contrast the nihilism of the climactic events with an almost hopeful tone overlaying the story's origins. Full Review
...Moral at a structural level...
A genuine outlaw work of art. Full Review
...Taken as an exploitation flick -- Noe's preference -- this is 100 effective, guaranteed to shock and pummel...
After what would normally be the end credits (which run backwards), IRREVERSIBLE begins with a heated hunt through a gay S&M club. It is a chaotic sequence shot from a wildly spiraling camera seamlessly edited together to appear as one single shot and culminating in one of the most violent murders ever portrayed on celluloid. Following this crescendo, Gaspar Noe's (I STAND ALONE) film uses a reverse narrative structure similar to MEMENTO through which the audience learns the motivations for the murder and the relationships of three parties directly involved, the beautiful Alex (Monica Bellucci) and two men who adore her (Vincent Cassel and Albert Dupontel). The frenzied style of the opening gives way to increasingly static camera work throughout leading to an idyllic final shot of Alex, who the audience has long known is a doomed woman, set to Beethoven and alive with color and youthful innocence otherwise absent from this bleak urban nightmare. The film disregards conventional editing by ending each scene with a dizzying camera whirl. Since each scene is intended to look like a single take (although there are seamless cuts throughout), this gives the film the appearance of one continuous shot.
- Theatrical Release: MARCH 7, 2003 (NY/LA)
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