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IRREVERSIBLE (2002) - Gaspar Noe



year. 2002

country. FRANCE

run-time. 97mins

rating. 18

£6 (£4.50 conc.)

Doors 19:00 - Film 19:30

"Time Destroys Everything."

A rare screening of the hugely controversial and much-debated, 'Irréversible' - Associated with the New French Extremity movement, Gaspar Noe's art psychological horror is daring and unflinching.

Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover take matters into their own hands by hiring two criminals to help them find the rapist so that they can exact revenge. A simultaneously beautiful and terrible examination of the destructive nature of cause and effect, and how time destroys everything.

Noé’s considerable accomplishment is to examine the relationship between life and art, time and memory. Irreversible means to knock you for a loop. It does.
— Rolling Stone