Irreversible

Friday, April 22 - Thursday, April 28, 2022

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

Previously screened in July 2014 as part of of the series Time Regained: Cinema’s Present Perfect in honor of the release of Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD

Screening as part of the series Too Much Is Never Enough: The Films of Gaspar Noé, April 22-28

Please note: this film includes flashing lights and strobe effects, along with graphic depictions of violence and sexual assault. Viewer discretion is advised.

Save big and see more of the Gaspar Noe retrospective with a discount Ticket Pack for three admissions! A discount three-ticket pack is available for $42 general public/$30 IFC Center Members. Bring a friend or two to a few screenings or treat yourself to more movies at a better ticket price.

  • Country France
  • Language In French with English subtitles
  • Running Time 99 minutes
  • Director Gaspar Noé
  • Cast Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil

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