Irreversible is notorious. It is disturbing, graphic and brutal, and definitely not a film that everyone can watch. Maybe that is one of the reasons I wanted to watch the film. Irreversible is told in a reverse narrative, about a couple, Alex Monca Bellucci and Marcus Vincent Cassel who head out on a regular evening to a party. The idea is to make the viewer feel extremely uncomfortable, with swirling, shaky camera movements and jarring, low frequency sounds that dominate the first thirty minutes of the film. Purposed achieved, except what remains unclear is how the fundamental plot of the film justifies this treatment. As a viewer you can deduce why Memento used a non-linear technique, to explain the complexities of the situation involving Leonard Shelby Guy Pearce. With Irreversible , however, one feels like Noe wanted to make a film involving sexual explicitness, extreme violence and wanted to experiment with camera and sound — so he chose the first basic story that came to his mind. Irreversible is technically meticulous, no doubt.
Option 1 Option 2. Plot — Spoilers: Irreversible is one of the most controversial rape movies ever made due to its almost minute-long single shot rape scene. Alex is a young woman in a fairly happy relationship with Marcus. Marcus is indulgent to Pierre but a bit of a fool especially when the drugs take over. Sitting between these two is Alex, who is a regular, kindly and social woman on the threshold of motherhood. After Marcus and Pierre ruin her mood at a party, Alex decides to head home alone and takes a lonely underpass where she is anally raped and beaten brutally by a gay pimp. Marcus who is already high, goes hysterical and rabidly heads out looking for revenge, lugging a reluctant Pierre along. The choice to narrate Irreversible in reverse was partly to help secure funding following the success of Memento. But doing it in reverse makes you unravel and understand better the person that has just been brutalized. Your email address will not be published.
A year earlier when it debuted at Cannes , the movie proved to be so divisive and shocking it made people leave the cinema in droves. If you dare, you can watch this movie on the Showbox app now. One audience member spoke about how the cinema remained very quiet before becoming unbearable. It was like a little fight inside. According to the French DVD release, of the 2, people at the Cannes premiere walked out of the movie in disgust, which is quite the achievement. But is it still shocking 15 years later? Noe wastes no time in making his audience wince and suffer.
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