History Film / Irreversible

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.



%%* BreakTheCutie

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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.



%%* {{Deconstruction}}

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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.



%%* GenreShift

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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.
16th Apr '16 12:40:10 PM stuffedninja
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* BadassBookworm: Pierre.

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* BadassBookworm: Pierre. As shown by the party scene, he's [[IgnoreTheFanservice not receptive to any of the women Marcus offers him]], but ends up violently bludgeoning someone to death with a fire extinguisher to save Marcus from rape.


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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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* HeroicBSOD: Marcus breaks down crying after seeing [[spoiler:a brutally beaten Alex being carried away on a stretcher]], and looks notably damaged when he is being questioned by a cop in the next (chronological) scene.


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* SickeningCrunch: Marcus' arm being broken in the Rectum.


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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.
15th Apr '16 11:40:23 PM stuffedninja
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* CallForward: "I can't feel my arm..."
** The final scene (which is the first chronologically) has Marcus telling Alex that he wants to fuck her in the ass. [[spoiler:Guess how Alex gets raped.]]

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* CallForward: CallForward:
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"I can't feel my arm..."
** The final scene (which is the first chronologically) has Marcus telling Alex that he wants to fuck her in the ass. [[spoiler:Guess Guess how Alex gets raped.]]raped.
** Alex at one point says to Marcus that she had a dream where she was walking down a red tunnel before it broke into 2 pieces; she ends up being raped in a red tunnel.



* DownerBeginning [=/=] DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Marcus is taken away on a stretcher, Pierre is arrested for his brutal murder of the man attempting to rape Marcus, and there's no evidence shown that Alex is going to recover, if she hasn't already died]].



%%* FanDisservice
%%* ForegoneConclusion

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%%* FanDisservice
%%* ForegoneConclusion
* FanDisservice:
** The naked Butcher at the start of the film.
** The rape scene.
* ForegoneConclusion: A given, considering the story is told in reverse and gives us all the nasty details first, which makes it more distressing to see the same characters that we ''know'' will be victimized by the end interacting happily in scenes that would otherwise be amusing and cute.
* FreudianTrio: Alex/Marcus/Pierre; Ego/Id/Super-Ego.



* MaleFrontalNudity: The rapist is quickly flashing his best part right after raping Alex. It's all CGI though.

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* MaleFrontalNudity: MaleFrontalNudity:
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The rapist is quickly flashing his best part right after raping Alex. It's all CGI though.though.
** In the final scene, Marcus and Alex are naked, and although the camera normally tries its best to hide Marcus' parts, there are select angled shots where we do catch a glimpse anyway.



%%* PanUpToTheSkyEnding

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%%* PanUpToTheSkyEnding* 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.



* PowerTrio: Alex/Marcus/Pierre; Ego/Id/Super-Ego.

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* PowerTrio: Alex/Marcus/Pierre; Ego/Id/Super-Ego.Alex, Marcus, and Pierre; they're the three biggest characters and easily the ones we should care about the most.
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