Rent Irreversible (2002)

3.3 of 5 from 282 ratings
1h 35min
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When Marcus (Vincent Cassel) and his girlfriend Alex (Monica Bellucci) decide to go to a party with their friend Pierre (Albert Dupontel), they are totally unaware that their world is about to be torn apart in the most unimaginably brutal way possible. Plunged headlong into a nightmarish world of darkness, where an act of extreme sexual and physical violence will serve as the spark for yet more violence, Marcus and Pierre soon discover what they themselves are capable of.
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Christophe Rossignon, Gaspar Noé
Gaspar Noé
Drama, Thrillers
Release Date:
Run Time:
95 minutes
French Dolby Digital 2.0
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
  • Star and Director Filmographies
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • Original Teaser Trailers
  • World Cinema Trailer Reel
  • Hannah McGill Film Notes
Release Date:
Run Time:
179 minutes
French Dolby Digital 2.0, French Dolby Digital 5.1
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
BLU-RAY Regions:
  • Two versions of the film: the 2002 Original Theatrical Cut (98 mins); and the 2020 Straight Cut, which re-assembles the events in chronological order (90 mins)
  • Audio commentary by Gaspar Noe on the Original Theatrical Cut (2003)
  • The Irreversible Odyssey (2019, 44 mins): retrospective documentary featuring interviews with Noe, actors Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel and Albert Dupontel, cinematographer Benoit Debie, and others
  • NFT50 Q&A (2002, 49 mins): archival audio recording of a post-screening Q&A session with Noe, Bellucci and Cassel, recorded at London's National Film Theatre
  • The BFI Masterclass with Gaspar Noe (2009, 90 mins): archival audio recording of the filmmaker in conversation with programmer and critic David Cox, recorded at BFI Southbank during the London Film Festival
  • SFX (2003, 8 mins): visual effects supervisor Rodolphe Chabrier discusses his team's work on the film
  • Time Destroys All Things (2021, 15 mins): video essay examining the two versions of Irreversible by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study
  • Deleted scene (1 min)
  • 'Stress' (2002, 5 mins) and 'Outrage' (2002, 5 mins): Thomas Bangaiter music videos, directed by Noe
  • Intoxication (2002, 5 mins): documentary short by Noe featuring filmmaker Stephane Drouot Original theatrical trailers
  • 2019 Venice Film Festival trailer
  • Teaser trailers
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • UK Premiere on Blu-ray
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following:
- Original Theatrical Cut
- Special Features
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following:
- Straight Cut
- Special Features

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Reviews (9) of Irreversible

Be prepared - Irreversible review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert

The film was cleverly shot, emotive and artistic in style, verging on beautiful at times. However the 'act of shocking violence' alluded to on the blurb is indeed shocking and not for the faint-hearted. Members would be advised to consider their threshold for unwatchable violence before seeing this film, unfortunately mine was definitely too low for Irreversible.

9 out of 9 members found this review helpful.

File under "Challenging!" - Irreversible review by Kurtz

Spoiler Alert

The first thirty minutes of this backwards –told story are as challenging an experience as you’re likely to get watching a movie- you get dropped into the middle of a furious confrontation in a squalid subterranean hell-hole (excuse the pun if you’ve seen the film) with no idea of what’s going on or who to root for, and the camera appears unable to settle and roves off to unhelpfully film the ceiling in the middle of the action. You then witness some truly gut-wrenching violence involving a fire extinguisher and as things start to take shape and a more settled narrative emerges, an even more shocking act takes place. If you’re up for all this, you’ll probably admire the film for its bold narrative and unflinching presentation of humans at our very worst. But it’s a really hard film to love!

4 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Dreadful, virtually unwatchable film !! - Irreversible review by CP Customer

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The entire film is in reverse - which isn't as artistic as that suggests. It also has some of the most shocking scenes I've seen. I like to think I'm broadminded but 20 minutes of gay sex scenes followed by full-frontal transvestism was enough to make me turn off.

3 out of 8 members found this review helpful.

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