Irreversible (2002)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama, Marriage Drama  |   Release Date - Mar 7, 2003 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - France  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Gaspar Noé's Irreversible utilizes the same storytelling technique used by Christopher Nolan in Memento and Harold Pinter in Betrayal. Consisting of about a dozen scenes, all shot in single takes, Irreversible charts a disturbing night in the life of Marcus (Vincent Cassel), but presents the events in reverse chronological order. The audience eventually learns how the beautiful Alex (Cassel's real-life partner Monica Bellucci) is involved. The film opens with a violent altercation at a gay sex club and works backward to explain how and why the violence occurred. The actors improvised the vast majority of the dialogue starting from a four-page story outline. Irreversible was screened in competition at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

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brutality, French [nationality], nightclub, rape, sodomy, violence, gay-bashing