in about 100 words or less
France 97m, Colour
Director: Gaspar Noé; Cast: Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel
Irréversible is a story which begins at the end and works backward in short segments like Memento (2000). In addition to the non-linear nature of the film, the art direction, colour, score and camera techniques mirror the events which are being depicted, starting with the search for a rapist which ends in the destruction of someone’s face with a fire extinguisher whilst the camera swivels and turns to the low pulsing beat within the claustrophobic confines of a gay BDSM club. As each successive segment of the story passes, it also reveals the basis for each of the previous scenes, including the brutal rape of a woman who is later shown as the happily pregnant girlfriend of fire extinguisher wielding killer. Though heavily criticized for its depiction of violence, Irréversible is different from most violent movies as it does not intend to entertain, but rather to simply tell what amounts to a most unforgettable story (Klaus Ming June 2013).
I’m not 100% sure I buy the hype with this one. It might well be a great film, but it might also be complete crap. It walks that fine line.
It is unforgettable, though. I will give it that if nothing else.
I’m generally not a fan of violent movies unless there is some point to them. While i’m not sure that the extent of the violence is wholly required, I am convinced that the way Noé uses the camera, lighting, and music within the film’s structure is pretty remarkable.
Movies like this hit me harder and harder every chance I get to think about it. However, I still have yet to bring myself to another re-watch of this. Hopefully some time again soon. Nice review Klaus.
I definitely think it’s worth a re-watch from the perspective of the film’s structure and how it works. The initial viewing of something like this is certainly a challenge – i can only imagine how overwhelming it must have been in theater.