Irreversible

Directed By: Gaspar Noe Starring: Vincent Cassel Monica Bellucci

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Irreversible 'Korean Uncut version'

by ve3lem@rac.ca on 11/12/2003

For those of you who dislike censorship, stay away from the Korean edition of the film. I original purchase this version and was surprised to see that it had the Japanese flying dot that alway covered the lower public areas when they are exposed. This destroys the film since it distorts the picture. This is not a bad film and the Alliance release is OK. I think the North American rel should be OK to. Read More

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Alex and marcus are a couple whose story is told over the course of a fateful evening in a series of long takes. An emotional odyssey that unspools in reverse from gut-wrenching violence to sweetly observed moments of sublime tenderness.

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Studio Lions Gate
SKU 40224133
UPC 658149815926
UPC 14 00658149815926
Format DVD
Release Date 8/5/2003
Rating UR
Keywords
Couples
Gays
Rape
Sexuality
Theatrical Release
Violence
Editors Note
Note 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.
Reviews
Sight and Sound "...A seductive and powerful film..." 03/01/2003 p.47-8
Rolling Stone "...Noe's considerable accomplishment is to examine the relationship between life and art, time and memory. IRREVERSIBLE means to knock you for a loop. It does..." 03/14/2003 p.74
Entertainment Weekly "...An amazing, and profoundly disturbing, experience....[Noe is] a new kind of film wizard: a poet of apocalyptic shock..." 03/14/2003 p.45
Premiere "...This confrontationalist is a moviemaker worth confronting..." 04/01/2003 p.20
Chicago Sun-Times "...Moral at a structural level..." 03/23/2003 p.5
Total Film "...Taken as an exploitation flick -- Noe's preference -- this is 100 effective, guaranteed to shock and pummel..." 07/01/2003 p.120
Directors
Gaspar Noe
Actors
Vincent Cassel
Monica Bellucci
Cast & Crew
Albert Dupontel - Actor
Jo Prestia - Actor
Monica Belluci - Actor
Vincent Cassel - Actor
Benoit Debie - Cinematographer
Gaspar Noe - Cinematographer
Gaspar Noe - Director
Gaspar Noe - Editor
Christophe Rossignon - Producer
Gaspar Noe - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 8159-D
UPC 00658149815926
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Color Color
Original Language French
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], French
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review As I said twice and will repeat again, most people will not want to see the film at all. It is so violent, it shows such cruelty, that it is a test most people will not want to endure. But it is unflinchingly honest about the crime of rape. It does not exploit. It does not pander. It has been said that no matter what it pretends, pornography argues for what it shows. Irreversible is not pornography.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review An individual's appreciation of Irreversible will be based in part upon what he or she expects from movies. Those seeking light entertainment or something traditional and/or civilized probably won't make it through Irreversible's 99 minutes. Those up to a challenge who attend with an open mind will find something to gnaw at the soul. Whatever else it may be, Irreversible is disturbingly unforgettable. It is impossible to have a blase reaction to a film this visceral. Indifference is not an option.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Dolby, Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Actor Bellucci,Monica
Label Studio Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Rex Reed, New York Observer Powerful and profound.
Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News A very artfully conceived disturbance with a lot on its mind.

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