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YMMV / Irreversible

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  • 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. There's also a scene where a guy gets his head crushed by a fire extinguisher.
  • Anvilicious: Le temps détruit tout.
  • Awesome Music: While being a rather disturbing film, it still does have some good tracks composed by Thomas Bangalter:
  • 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 post-coital scene near the end of the movie that's completely cringe-inducing, knowing how their day ends.
  • 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 (with "Rectum" being mostly notable) caused a few people to vomit at the premiere. Low-frequency sound was also used in order to disorientate the audience.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The rape scene. Nine minutes of horrifying, uninterrupted, and graphic rape. Holy shit.
    • Let's not forget the fire extinguisher scene as well.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Roaring Rampage of Revenge movies are pretty common, and it's rare to show what that'd actually be like in real life.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The movie has come under fire for having potential homophobic and misogynistic implications in this article.


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