History Film / Irreversible

12th Feb '17 4:20:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* DepravedBisexual: Le Tenia rapes Alex, a very beautiful woman played by Monica Bellucci. He's later found in a gay sex club participating in an orgy.


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* KarmicMisfire: Marcus's fiancé Alex is brutally raped by a sadistic pimp, Le Tenia, whom they track down to a gay nightclub. They attack someone [[spoiler:whom they mistakenly believe to be Le Tenia and tries to rape Marcus. His friend Pierre bashes in the man's head with a fire extinguisher while the real Le Tenia looks on with a smile.]]
11th Sep '16 1:00:59 AM rafi
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* BornLucky: Le Tenia is not the sort of rapist who stalks his victim and plans the attack, he quite literally happened to spot Alex and attacked her. The attack happened simply because Alex happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the wrong time only by a very narrow margin: if she had entered that underpass thirty seconds earlier she would have gotten through it and been out on the other side before Le Tenia entered, and if she had gone in there thirty seconds later she would have seen Le Tenia beating the prostitute and known not to approach. He then proceeded to rape and beat her for ''nine minutes'' in a place where anyone could have discovered him and intervened, his grip slipped long enough for Alex to scream a couple of times, and someone actually did see what he was doing ''but walked away without doing anything''. Despite all these opportunities to fail, he succeeds purely by luck. [[spoiler: He is also a KarmaHoudini thanks to a case of mistaken identity that he likewise didn't plan, and has apparently escaped the police despite not taking any precautions against leaving DNA evidence inside Alex.]]



* LuckyBastard: Le Tenia is not the sort of rapist who stalks his victim and plans the attack, he quite literally happened to spot Alex and attacked her. The attack happened simply because Alex happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the wrong time only by a very narrow margin: if she had entered that underpass thirty seconds earlier she would have gotten through it and been out on the other side before Le Tenia entered, and if she had gone in there thirty seconds later she would have seen Le Tenia beating the prostitute and known not to approach. He then proceeded to rape and beat her for ''nine minutes'' in a place where anyone could have discovered him and intervened, his grip slipped long enough for Alex to scream a couple of times, and someone actually did see what he was doing ''but walked away without doing anything''. Despite all these opportunities to fail, he succeeds purely by luck. [[spoiler: He is also a KarmaHoudini thanks to a case of mistaken identity that he likewise didn't plan, and has apparently escaped the police despite not taking any precautions against leaving DNA evidence inside Alex.]]
24th Aug '16 5:46:39 AM Saveelich
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''Irreversible'' is a French 2002 film by Creator/GasparNoe. Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse chronological order as the beautiful Alex (Creator/MonicaBellucci) is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend Marcus (Vincent Cassel) and ex-lover Pierre (Albert Dupontel) take matters into their own hands by hiring two criminals to help them find the rapist so that they can exact revenge.

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''Irreversible'' is a French 2002 film by Creator/GasparNoe. Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse chronological order as the beautiful Alex (Creator/MonicaBellucci) is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend Marcus (Vincent Cassel) (Creator/VincentCassel) and ex-lover Pierre (Albert Dupontel) take matters into their own hands by hiring two criminals to help them find the rapist so that they can exact revenge.
1st Aug '16 6:36:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Le Tenia.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Le Tenia. After his vicious rape and assault of Alex, Marcus and Pierre track him down to Club Rectum but they get into a fight with another man whom they mistake for Le Tenia while the real Le Tenia looks on with a smile several feet away.]]
4th Jun '16 6:26:18 PM stuffedninja
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''Irreversible'' is a French 2002 film by Creator/GasparNoe. Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse chronological order as the beautiful Alex (Creator/MonicaBellucci) is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover (Vincent Cassel) take matters into their own hands by hiring two criminals to help them find the rapist so that they can exact revenge.

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''Irreversible'' is a French 2002 film by Creator/GasparNoe. Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse chronological order as the beautiful Alex (Creator/MonicaBellucci) is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover Marcus (Vincent Cassel) and ex-lover Pierre (Albert Dupontel) take matters into their own hands by hiring two criminals to help them find the rapist so that they can exact revenge.



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%%* BreakTheCutie* BreakTheCutie: Quite the {{understatement}}. Given it's not as drawn out as most examples and only centers in one scene, but it fits here nonetheless.



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%%* {{Deconstruction}}* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the RoaringRampageOfRevenge that Marcus and Pierre go on, which [[RealityEnsues realistically]] doesn't go as planned.



* DroneOfDread: During the Fire Extinguisher scene - the techno changes to one recurring droning note, bent higher then lower, in a cyclical wave.

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* DroneOfDread: During the Fire Extinguisher fire extinguisher scene - the techno changes to one recurring droning note, bent higher then lower, in a cyclical wave.



* LastNoteNightmare: The final scene has happy, upbeat orchestral music playing...and subsequently seguing into "The End", a [[SensoryAbuse harsh]] and [[NightmareFuel disturbing]] track.

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* LastNoteNightmare: The final scene has happy, upbeat orchestral music playing...and subsequently seguing fading into "The End", a [[SensoryAbuse harsh]] and [[NightmareFuel disturbing]] track.



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Marcus after discovering Alex has been raped.

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Marcus and Pierre after discovering Alex has been raped.raped. [[spoiler:[[RealityEnsues It doesn't]] [[DownerEnding work.]]]]



** Also seen in Marcus and Alex's home is a poster for Creator/StanleyKubrick's ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''. Definitely an influence on the ending.
*** Also, it happens to be Gaspar Noé's all-time favorite movie.
** Posters for ''The Killing'' in Marcus and Alex's apartment.
** Monica Bellucci's character, Alex, is named after [[Literature/AClockworkOrange Alex]] [[Film/AClockworkOrange DeLarge]].

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** There are lots of present references to Creator/StanleyKubrick films.
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Also seen in Marcus and Alex's home is a poster for Creator/StanleyKubrick's ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''. Definitely an influence on the ending.
*** **** Also, it happens to be Gaspar Noé's all-time favorite movie.
** *** Posters for ''The Killing'' ''Film/TheKilling'' in Marcus and Alex's apartment.
** *** Monica Bellucci's character, Alex, is named after [[Literature/AClockworkOrange Alex]] [[Film/AClockworkOrange DeLarge]].



* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: Subverted in that Pierre, the one who tries to talk Marcus out of violent retribution commits the shockingly brutal act that opens the film. [[spoiler:This is only made all the more pointless and hollow when you go back through the story.]]

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* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: Subverted in that Pierre, the one who tries to talk Marcus out of violent retribution retribution, commits the shockingly brutal act that opens the film. [[spoiler:This is only made all the more pointless and hollow when you go back through the story.]]
3rd Jun '16 11:23:30 PM stuffedninja
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** In one case, inverted quite grimly. [[spoiler:During the brutal finale of Alex's rape, La Tenia pounds her face into the ground. It's at this point that, for the first time in some 10 minutes, the camera moves, and it's only to ''get a better look at what's happening''.]]



* TheOner: The film uses a lot of these. For example, the ''ten-minute'' rape-scene, which is all one long horrifying shot.

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* TheOner: The film uses a lot of these. For example, the ''ten-minute'' rape-scene, which is all one long long, horrifying shot.



* SensoryAbuse: Present throughout the movie, from the at-times assaulting cinematography (ex: the fire extinguisher scene) to the Infrasounds in the soundtrack to [[TrippyFinaleSyndrome the ending]].

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* SensoryAbuse: Present throughout the movie, from the at-times assaulting cinematography (ex: the fire extinguisher scene) to the Infrasounds Infrasonics in the soundtrack to [[TrippyFinaleSyndrome the ending]].
3rd Jun '16 11:21:24 PM stuffedninja
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* LateArrivalSpoiler: ''Irreversible'' contains this for his earlier film ''Film/IStandAlone'' in the very first scene: [[spoiler:the Butcher slept with his autistic daughter and went to jail for it]].

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* LastNoteNightmare: The final scene has happy, upbeat orchestral music playing...and subsequently seguing into "The End", a [[SensoryAbuse harsh]] and [[NightmareFuel disturbing]] track.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: ''Irreversible'' contains Contains this for his Noe's earlier film ''Film/IStandAlone'' in the very first scene: [[spoiler:the Butcher slept with his autistic daughter and went to jail for it]].



* PanUpToTheSkyEnding: Ends with Noe's traditional [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spinny-cam]], focusing on a sprinkler kids are playing around, only to grow in intensity and barrel roll into the sky, spinning faster and faster until it begins strobing.

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* PanUpToTheSkyEnding: Ends with Noe's traditional [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spinny-cam]], focusing on a sprinkler kids are playing around, only to grow in intensity and barrel roll into the sky, spinning faster and faster until it begins strobing.strobing with rapidly spinning footage from space.



* SensoryAbuse: Present throughout the movie, from the at-times assaulting cinematography (ex: the fire extinguisher scene) to the Infrasounds in the soundtrack to [[TrippyFinaleSyndrome the ending]].



* TrippyFinaleSyndrome

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* TrippyFinaleSyndromeTrippyFinaleSyndrome: The final minutes of the film, which contain nothing but SensoryAbuse in its purest form; hard strobing between the white of the sky and the black of space, alongside the deeply frightening "The End" playing over it all.
23rd May '16 2:52:03 AM Anatara
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* UnsettlingGenderReveal: If you were shocked when [[spoiler:Concha]] showed us his penis and revealed that he was really a transsexual and not a girl, we don't blame you.
3rd May '16 11:17:17 AM stuffedninja
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* FacialHorror: The fire extinguisher beating.

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* FacialHorror: FacialHorror:
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The fire extinguisher beating.beating.
** We end up seeing the results of Alex's NoHoldsBarredBeatdown following her rape when she is carried away on a stretcher; needless to say, they're not good.



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%%* GenreShift* GenreShift: Goes from a horrific and disturbing crime drama to being much more light-hearted and humorous.
20th Apr '16 11:24:35 AM stuffedninja
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* BookEnds: "Le temps detruit tout" ("time destroys everything") is the first spoken line of the film and appears on a card at the very end.

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* BookEnds: "Le temps detruit tout" ("time destroys everything") is the first spoken line of the film and appears on a card in text at the very end.



** This is actually a case of ThrowItIn; that person was an assistant on the film who didn't know they were shooting, and Noe left them in to show that not everyone prevents crimes.

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** This is actually a case of ThrowItIn; that person was an assistant on the film who didn't know they were shooting, and Noe left them in to show that not everyone prevents crimes.
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