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Irreversible

Friday, July 4 - Sunday, July 6, 2014

35mm print

“A tour-de-force… Irreversible pitches you straight into the abyss, revealing Cassel pounded to a pulp and his assailant’s head staved in with a fire extinguisher; then it swivels into the past, negotiating the real-time agony of Bellucci being raped in an underpass, regressing ever backwards into the chaste light of earlier that day. Rest assured it all ends happily ever before. The title doesn’t merely toy with the idea of undoing time, corruption, ruin and such shackles; it also brandishes the suggestion that the film itself poses a cinematic breach, a taboo-torching dereliction of no return. That’s an exaggeration, of course, but there’s no denying Noé’s investment in the shock strategy of extreme realism, nor his virtuosity in the practice.” – Time Out (London)

Part of the series Time Regained: Cinema’s Present Perfect in honor of the release of Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD

  • Country France
  • Language In French, Spanish, English, and Italian with English subtitles
  • Rating NR
  • Year 2002
  • Running Time 99 minutes
  • Director Gaspar Noe