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YMMV: Irreversible
  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": The film has an eight-minute rape scene, and that's often the only thing people know about it.
  • Anvilicious: Le temps détruit tout.
  • Complete Monster: Le Tenia is a twisted and sadistic pimp who assaults the main character Alex in an underpass at night after she tells him to stop beating up his whore, leading to a horrifying, prolonged and uninterrupted rape scene that lasts for nine minutes, after which Le Tenia expresses his satisfaction by kicking Alex in the head repeatedly. As a result, she goes into a coma; made even more gut wrenching upon the reveal she was pregnant. Alex's husband Pierre tracks down a guy he thinks is Le Tenia and beats his head in so hard his skull is crushed - with the real Le Tenia looking on all the while, faintly amused by it all, indicating he gets a kick out of violence. He escapes the film scot-free.
  • Freud Was Right: See Visual Innuendo
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Something revealed towards the very end — namely that Alex was pregnant, makes the events shown at the beginning of the film seem even worse.
    • After the rape, the movie becomes increasingly lighter and happier, which makes the contrast with the disturbing start of the movie even nastier.
      • In particular, the main characters have a slightly kinky sex scene near the end of the movie that's completely cringe-inducing, knowing how their day ends.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The infrasonics used in Club Rectum, as well as "The End", the screeching noise that plays over the final scene.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Marcus' initial fight with the suspected rapist, and then Pierre's extinguisher bludgeoning of his face.
    • La Tenia when he rapes and beats Alex.
  • Nausea Fuel: This film makes few allowances for those that suffer from motion sickness. The vertiginous camerawork and garish red lighting combined with the intense droning soundtrack caused a few people to vomit at the premiere. Low-frequency sound was also used in order to disorientate the audience.
  • Nightmare Fuel
  • Squick
  • True Art Is Angsty
  • Unfortunate Implications: The film was accused of being filled with homophobia, as the gay characters featured in the Rectum Club are perverts who hit on Marcus, and one of them tries to rape him. While the almost-rapist is beaten to death, another gay man watches and masturbates. Played by Gaspar Noé himself.

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