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Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel. A harrowing tale of one fateful night in the life of an average couple, told through inventive camera techniques and imaginative storytelling in reverse chronological order. 2003/color/97 min/UR/widescreen.
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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I saw it several years ago and liked it very much-it takes a few minutes to get used to the 'reverse' story telling line, but like Memento it grows on you.
The film to me shows situations and experiences that are not reversible, forgettable and cant be un done. And these things stay with you and in some way shape your future-even if you try to reconcile them with your past and how your choices got you to where you are.
its visually gritty and realistic-bloody and violent , but it does make you think.
Bellucci is stunningly beautiful and there is some nudity with the graphic violence and the rape scene.
Its worth the watch and the price....
As the title implies it's about things that happened that cannot be reversed. I suppose most people have things like this in their life. I have far too many of these things.
For me it was the tragic mistake of telling someone I had put a curse on them. Those words found their way to the demonic gods in the universe. At that point my life was effectively over as far as ever being happy. Lives were destroyed and the world will be a different place as a result.
A curse is in fact not reversible. It will either harm the intended target or, if the sender changes their mind, the curse will return to them 100 times worse which is what happened to me. In fact I had no idea what I was even saying nor did I understand the terrible dangers involved.
In the movie Alex was on a path and was going to call a taxi cab but someone recommended she walk through the underpass and she took a major wrong turn. That decision changed her life forever.
The movie plays in reverse so at the end we see how everything was when things were normal with so many hopes and dreams for the future.
That's where I am right now. Thinking about what could have been, what should have been, but for a few reckless and stupid words spoken in anger.
It's weird but sometimes I feel movies are made just to tell me something. It's probably my imagination.
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