Directed by: Gaspar Noe
Starring: Monica Bellucci (Alex), Vincent Cassel (Marcus), Albert Dupontel (Pierre), Jo Prestia (Tenia), Philippe Nahon (The Butcher), Gaspar Noe (Guy jerking off at The Rectum)
Country: France, European Cinema
Language: French (English subs)
Genres: Rape-Sexual-Violence against Women, Revenge, Violence against Men, Gay, Racism
Plot – Spoilers:
Irreversible is one of the most controversial rape movies ever made due to its almost 10-minute-long single shot rape scene. It’s also a tale of revenge told in reverse – we start at the end (including credits) and move through segments narrated in reverse chronological order.
Alex is a young woman in a fairly happy relationship with Marcus. They’re headed out to a party with Alex’s ex, Pierre, tagging along. Pierre is a cerebral kind of dick who hasn’t gotten over Alex and is obsessed with his inability to get her to cum when they were together. Marcus is indulgent to Pierre but a bit of a fool especially when the drugs take over. Sitting between these two is Alex, who is a regular, kindly and social woman on the threshold of motherhood.
After Marcus and Pierre ruin her mood at a party, Alex decides to head home alone and takes a lonely underpass where she is anally raped and beaten brutally by a gay pimp. Marcus who is already high, goes hysterical and rabidly heads out looking for revenge, lugging a reluctant Pierre along.
The choice to narrate Irreversible in reverse was partly to help secure funding following the success of Memento. But it’s also an interesting option. If you started with Alex learning of her pregnancy and moved to her rape and the subsequent revenge (even though they got the wrong guy 🙂 ), it’s something we are used to – things getting fucked up. But doing it in reverse makes you unravel and understand better the person that has just been brutalized.
This movie is brilliant!!!
Nice and beautiful movie
Jesus Christ, this movie is hard to get through.
Pretty nice movie! Thx u!
To be honest this is one of the most boring films i have ever seen, the camera work is shit the whole film, the Dialogue was so fucking boring!!! if your watching this for the rape scene ( only watch that part ) the rest of the film is total garbage and a waste of a hour and 30 mins of my life i will never get back
The last 40 minutes is very hard to sit through, and not because its too intense, just because its stuff thats not needed for the story, yet the movie wouldnt work unless they had that stuff. It just makes for a bloated project.
God damn that fire extinguisher scene was hard to watch. I take that back the entire movie was hard to watch thats why I come here ?
I like reality of the film
Im wondering if I Stand Alone and Irreversible are connected ? Im sorry if this has already been said, but the guy in the beginning that slept with his daughter is the same character from I Stand Alone. They are both by Gasper Noe, too.
Hey Honey.. looking forward to going out.. I Think I’ll wear my new nipple dress.
This was a bit difficult to sit through, not because of the rape but because it was so slow. If you’re looking for a very shocking and fucked up film this one doesn’t really fit that description, though it is still disturbing in quite a few ways. that said, I loved this, it’s definitely worth the watch.
A film about the utterly tragic hopelessness of toxic masculinity, the objectification of women, and the overarching patriarchy that no one asked for or needs to watch.
I watched this crazy stoned and I should’ve watched it in the correct chronological order coz I was getting super confused during the beginning. Watch the scenes in reverse. The [email protected] scene was pretty hot
Meh, too try hard, yes there were some nasty scenes but overall it was too dark and confusing. But, worth a look just for Monica Bellucci alone, she is delicious.
This is my second time viewing this and damn this movie is more disturbing and fucked up then I remembered it 2 years ago. Brilliant Masterpiece.
Good movie but insanely overrated in terms of “one of the most disturbing movies of all time”. Gimme a break. A guy gets his arm bent backwards and his face smashed in with a fire extinguisher and a woman is raped. You see women get raped on Lifetime, MTV, fuckin’ Freeform. I don’t wanna hear this mentioned on any “most disturbing list” ever again.
10/10 Loved the movie, especially the rape scene ????????????
A rated concept film with terminal stage parkinson’s cameraman. Those with severe motion sickness can skip this film you won’t last.
Real boring movie. The best part was when the dude smashed the snowflakes face in at the beginning. The rape scene was done good too but like I said. The movie was boring as hell.
felt like i unlocked an achievement after getting through the infamous scene, but thought my brain was about to start bleeding out right after.
structure’s used brilliantly in this, did not expect much considering subsequent noé works weren’t that great for me but wow this one hits.
This movie perfectly establishes the reality of male dominance and its perpetuance. Women deserve to be raped and beaten if they refuse a man’s advances for they are the lesser species built by the Lord Jesus Christ for entertainment and reproduction, nothing more. Also great fapping material. 10/10.
Only good about this movie was the famous rape scene with Belluchii everything else was boring the story was a drag
i wish i wer dat guy wit monica she deserve it anywa 4 dressin like dat stuped bich
for fuck’s sake, this camera work made me fuckin nauseous
Doing an analysis of this movie so I’m rewatching it being more careful to little details
For those who want to know, Pierre hits Le Ténia 23 TIMES in the face with the fire extinguisher
This movie is incredible and incredibly effed up!, I’ve seen so many films on this site (including Serbian Film and it’s pretty overrated) but this is something new the rape scene was brutal this entire film is a effed up art piece and despite it only having 3 effed up scenes, it stings like hell!.
head scene was quite intense while stoned back in the day and the Barry Lyndon-esque denouement seems to sum everything in a nice neat nihilistic bow – enjoyed the erotic simulated abuse, but would have preferred Bellucci had agreed to do his porn idea instead…oh well, you take what you can get
I love this movie and I am huge fan of Monica Bellucci!
Great film, because it has great actors. Horror isn’t about just throwing gore around.
love the R scene … just beautiful
Never been able to get through this because some fucking prick can’t manage to keep a camera still,you can’t see fuck all from the strobe light effects or just sheer poor lighting in other shots,make it impossible to watch or concentration,the only thing disturbing thing about it is how fucking boring & overrated it is,just the same as all Gaspar Noe films,can’t believe I kept checking into them all hoping to see what everyone says is genius,this guy blows,so do his shit movies
The last 30 minutes is such a pain to watch… Also her complete lack of survival instinct is really off-putting, just laying there like a dead fish acceping her fate.
My son Steve used to rape me like this……..bbbbut now he’s only interested in the neighbours kids bahaaaaa
Off to the rectum!
I like how the whole movie is in reverse. from end to beginning. i totally get it now