Irreversible. Because time destroys everything. Because certain acts are irreparable. Because man is an animal. Because the will to get revenge is a natural impulse. Because most crimes go unpunished. Because the loss of a loved one destroys like lightening. Because love is the source of life. Because premonitions don’t change the course of things. Because time reveals everything. The worst and the best. –Cannes Film Festival
Baldheaded Franco-Argentine filmmaker Gaspar Noé has made some seriously disturbing films during his relatively short career. He has also won several critical awards and festival acclaim for each of his works. Noé made his first film in 1991 with the short Carne, an introduction to the character of the Butcher, played by Philippe Nahon. An angry man, the Butcher seeks revenge on whoever hurt his disabled daughter. After working as an actor, cinematographer, writer, and director on some other projects, Noé made his first feature film, I Stand Alone, continuing the story of the Butcher after he does time in jail and abandons his daughter. In 2002 he received major public notice and outrage with the controversial Irréversible, mostly due to the much-publicized eight-minute rape scene. Starring real-life married couple Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel, the film is a brutal look at male violence shown in reverse chronological order. —allmovie guide
A film that goes to envelope-pushing lengths to make you sick while simultaneously leaving you in awe over Noe's craftsmanship. However, I've never believed there was much more to him / this piece than provocative imagery. Whereas the depravity of a film like "Salo" is like meat covering a skeleton of dynamic social commentary, "Irreversible" lacks such a skeleton. It's just a pretty, bloody pile of meat.
Very strong movie, that can get a little confusing not only because the story is being told backwards but also because some scenes don't take off immediately where the ones before ended. Still, its a punch in your stomach, extremely violent and raw. The rape scene and the beating up in the club are still a little carved on my mind.
There are few things I hate more than people hiding behind erroneous "free speech" rants to justify supporting violence against women. What happens if somebody who actually has been raped or experienced other forms of sexual violence comes across this and gets triggered? Have you even considered that?
Even if she doesn't purposefully support it, making public comments like that helps to create an atmosphere that enables violence. Sure, a lot of people get turned on by problematic things, but that doesn't mean that they should be aired out uncritically in public. Somebody who may feel victimized by comments like Aurora's is going to have that experience regardless of the initial intention of the comments.
What is wrong with both of you? I said I came with the rape scene because I like violence in sex, that doesn't mean that I support violence against women or snuff movies Hahaha!, this is CINEMA, is a SCENE of a FILM, is not real life and if I turn on watching this, is my problem. I am free to say what I think and is STUPID to say "making public comments like this helps to create an atmosphere that enables violence" HAHAHA c'mon, say that to Tarantino. Be tolerant with other people beliefs and ways to express about cinema and sex.
I don't know what more to say. The fact that rape culture is being circuitously defended through liberal humanist language of "tolerance" is horrifying. Legitimate violence in sex requires explicit and rigorous consent, and nobody who comes across your arguments has given any such consent.
This is the only movie I’ve ever rated 5 stars. The reason is quite self-centered: it’s the movie I wish I had came up with. It’s choking and controversial, just my type of story. There’s no middle… read review
‘Arrete! Arrete! Arrete!’ Monica Bellucci shouts throughout the movie, and not only during ‘that’ scene. Mais, il n’arrete, jamais. The film just keeps going, showing us what we want to see, but at… read review
Irreversible is not a Film for the weak of mind, for the weak of heart, and especially not for the weak of stomach. It’s not a Film for the impatient, or the anxious, and it’s frankly not a Film fit… read review