This movie is an absolute masterpiece, a movie that will NEVER be made in America. We ask for violence in our movies, but we want it to be quick and (psychologically) painless. We want sex in our movies, but nothing more than "boobies" and simulated, under the blanket sex. What makes this film so powerful is that it refuses to operate by these conventions--we've always been told that the rape scene in "The Accused" was harrowing and groundbreaking. Frankly, it looks like an episode of "Sesame Street" compared to the rape scene in this movie. Some will argue that I am depraved for wanting to see a realistic rape scene. The fact is, the scene made me extremely uncomfortable--as a rape scene should. Why should we get off easily when shown something as heinous as a rape? I believe that the typical 10 second rape scenes trivialize the rape and make it devoid of the devastating consequences it should have upon the viewer's psyche. I would also like to commend Gaspar Noe for showing real sex in his movies. It's about time someone made a movie that proves you can have graphic sex without it being prurient. Irreversible does for sex what Joyce's Ulysses did for sexuality in literature. I can only hope that one day Americans will get over their Puritanical roots, because the Europeans, the Japanese and the South Koreans are humiliating us in the film department.