Feb 13, 2008

Irreversible


Irréversible is a film that might put off some audiences. I personally think it's brilliant and a contemporary masterpiece. The film utilizes a nonlinear narrative format allowing the viewer to discover what led up to the films disturbing and brutal opening scenes. Irreversible was written and directed by Argentina-born French director Gaspar Noé.

During one of the early scenes in the film, a mans face is crushed at a gay bar with what looks like a fire extinguisher. The scene is essentially one continuous and unrelenting shot that forces the viewer to be engulfed in the violence. I don’t think that it would be an exaggeration to say that this scene is one of the most intense scenes ever committed to celluloid. Unlike most films featuring violence, Irreversible doesn’t allow the viewer to feel safe or comfortable.


The film also features a rape scene that lasts almost 10 minutes. Nothing about this scene is entertaining or erotic. The rapist is a gay psycho pimp that is obviously under the influence of drugs. During the rape he lets the audience known his hatred for beautiful women and women in general. Although the pimp is really only in this scene, his actions and words are some of the most telling characters seen throughout the film. It would be interesting to know what director Gaspar Noé’s motivation behind this character was.



Irreversible also utilizes an editing technique to give the feeling that each scene is one single shot. Alfred Hitchcock used a similar technique in his film Rope, loosely based on real life child murderers Leopold and Loeb. A 2001: A Space Odyssey poster is also seen in the room of the male protagonist in Irreversible. It can be assumed that director Gaspar Noé is most certainly inspired by filmmakers of the past.

Most films that deal with France tend to give it a romanticized feel. I find that to be ridiculous and a film like Irreversible shatters that stereotype. The film shows the dark side of France with subversive subcultures, extreme violence, brutal rape, and not so aesthetically pleasing sets. Irreversible introduces a new look at France just as François Truffaut’s film did decades before. It is rare to find nowadays directors that are brave enough to bring up issues that are not often the most desirable to think about.


In a time when the majority of films released are just made to get a quick buck, Irreversible offers the viewer something new both in artistry and social commentary. It also looks at the inevitability of time and its consequences in which I believe are done in a more intelligent way than Christopher Nolan’s Memento. Time can change everything as unfolded in Irreversible.


-Ty E

4 comments:

jervaise brooke hamster said...

WOW...a faggot who rapes gorgeous chicks!!!, i wish all faggots did that then there would be "NO MORE DIRTY FILTHY FAGGOTS" polluting the world with their loathsome hideousness.

Anonymous said...

you fucking pig. women should never be raped by ANYONE. screw you.

jervaise brooke hamster said...

Er...excuse me my dear...if raping gorgeous chicks cures faggots of their loathsome viral sexual orientation and makes them become heterosexual instead, every gorgeous chick in the world should be raped by a faggot every day, and when you think about it what a joyous and perfect way that would be to finally rid the world of all pansy queers ! ! !.

jervaise brooke hamster said...

Yeah, time can change everything, like February 1st 1988, i wish that day had never happened.