Irreversible French director Gaspar Noe's jarringly violent, nerve-racking head trip may be one of the hardest-to-watch movies ever made. That's obviously Noe's provocative goal as he… Irreversible French director Gaspar Noe's jarringly violent, nerve-racking head trip may be one of the hardest-to-watch movies ever made. That's obviously Noe's provocative goal as he…
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Irreversible (2003)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Aug 05, 2003; DVD Release Date: Aug 05, 2003; Movie Rated: Unrated; Genres: Drama, Foreign Language; With: Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

French director Gaspar Noe's jarringly violent, nerve-racking head trip may be one of the hardest-to-watch movies ever made. That's obviously Noe's provocative goal as he tells his story of love (starring real-life couple Bellucci and Cassel), brutal rape, and furious revenge that plays out over one night before, during, and after a party -- in reverse, much like 2001's ''Memento.'' Using a droning score and dizzying camera work, he surrounds viewers in chaos; challenges them to turn away with unflinching, extended single-take close-ups of extreme bodily destruction; and then comforts them with domestic bliss. It's a daring and edgy movie-watching experience, but one whose aftershock is not easily reversed. EXTRAS Two four-minute-plus swirling-camera, thumping-techno scenes of a tunnel and a party seem superfluous.

Originally posted Aug 15, 2003 Published in issue #723 Aug 15, 2003 Order article reprints
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