Irreversible (2002)

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Avg Rating: 4.3 / 5. Voted: 136

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Year: 2002
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)
Runtime: 01:33:28
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.

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Winter Gilman
Winter Gilman
March 29, 2020 4:12 am

This movie is brilliant!!!

Ajmal khan
Ajmal khan
March 31, 2020 9:50 pm

Nice and beautiful movie

Sneaky-Rat
Sneaky-Rat
May 4, 2020 3:30 am

Jesus Christ, this movie is hard to get through.

Mancada
Mancada
May 16, 2020 2:34 am

Pretty nice movie! Thx u!

Mr x
Mr x
June 10, 2020 7:43 pm

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

Zach
Zach
September 19, 2020 9:16 am

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.

ShitLord
ShitLord
March 22, 2021 11:50 am

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 ?

Gggy
Gggy
March 31, 2021 5:40 pm

I like reality of the film

Wolf
Wolf
April 3, 2021 7:53 am

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.

Antinatalpist
Antinatalpist
April 25, 2021 7:20 am

Hey Honey.. looking forward to going out.. I Think I’ll wear my new nipple dress.

soph
soph
May 8, 2021 4:29 am

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.

Nosh
Nosh
July 31, 2021 7:53 pm

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.

Kaytee
Kaytee
October 9, 2021 4:11 am

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

Zed Man
Zed Man
October 27, 2021 9:11 am

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.

Alex Hogendorp
Alex Hogendorp
October 31, 2021 11:13 pm

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.

Anybody
Anybody
January 1, 2022 5:39 am

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.

Zed Man
Zed Man
January 1, 2022 5:31 pm

10/10 Loved the movie, especially the rape scene ????????????

The Eye of Art
The Eye of Art
January 4, 2022 7:05 pm

A rated concept film with terminal stage parkinson’s cameraman. Those with severe motion sickness can skip this film you won’t last.

I poop on your face
I poop on your face
March 9, 2022 10:05 pm

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.

gwagon
gwagon
March 23, 2022 7:06 am

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.

UltraAlphaMale
UltraAlphaMale
March 28, 2022 1:05 pm

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.

NIK
NIK
May 11, 2022 12:21 pm

Only good about this movie was the famous rape scene with Belluchii everything else was boring the story was a drag

mars.all
mars.all
May 14, 2022 9:55 am

i wish i wer dat guy wit monica she deserve it anywa 4 dressin like dat stuped bich

peepee man
peepee man
June 5, 2022 5:43 am

for fuck’s sake, this camera work made me fuckin nauseous

Guts and Halide
Guts and Halide
July 24, 2022 2:26 pm

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

Gay sex the nigger w
Gay sex the nigger w
September 27, 2022 6:01 am

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!.

V
V
September 27, 2022 7:05 am

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