This was probably the hardest film I haver ever watched. It made me sick, I was actually about to puke, it made me want to stop, for its rawness is something extremely persistent and punches your stomach from the 1st to the last scene. One of many interesting things about it, it's that each scene seems to erase the existence of one before it, transforming your idea of the entire narrative throughout each scene.
Just about one of the strongest movies that I have ever seen. The story being recounted backwards adds a lot to it. It is hard to say who the victims are, as everybody, unconditionally, in the end, is as bad as the other, and by being so, end causing the demise of those around themselves.Top performances by Cassel and Bellucci..Bellucci's scene is both reality check and traumatic enough on its own.
By reversing narrative structure, Irreversible is a rape-revenge film starting with the revenge that subverts norms when the audience roots for the revenge, but sees it now just as hate-filled and nonsensical. With the quietness at the end, we stop the movie knowing more that people’s fragile lives can shatter by actions and circumstance. Yet, it also means Irreversible has a lack of drama when needed due to it, too.
A 20min camera roll at the start, guileful yet aesthetically annoying, is a recipe for disaster. Nonentheless it is intextricably linked to the film's 'metaphysical' outlook: a regressively conservative (a euphemism really) distrust on human teleology coupled to Kubrickian totalitarianism. Impressive at points it suffers from an infantile script and from a fetishistic focus on the reality it graphically portrays.
Just a brutal alcohol and drug-fueled downward spiral into madness existing in every society. You will never see Monica Bellucci in a white dress the same again. It's been panned and criticized to no end, but its explorations into violence and time makes it an overlooked classic in my book.
This film is mostly famous for its horrific rape scene. That scene really is terrifying, but what it should be famous for is letting us physically feel the true brutality of violence through it's insane cinematography and sound. It feels so cynical and cruel, but that is exactly what violence is. It is such a physical film, so watch this in a cinema or with really good sound (and then never watch it again).
five starts for impressive, experimental cinematography and a couple of very hard-hitting, powerful, deeply disturbing scenes. the rest: the whole story revolves around a boggeyman rapist with an added layer of homophobia, layered on thick in the opening scene. In reality, the 1 in 3 women who are assaulted would likely be assaulted by one of the two main characters at the party rather than by a pimp in an alley.