Irréversible is expected in Midnight Screenings in Cannes. It's announced as violent, coarse, visceral. Some viewers left the screening after fifteen minutes, others in the middle of the movie during the rape scene. Its screenplay isn't usual : being 7-pages long, it's only a summary of each scenes instead of a full, detailed and dialogue script. Therefore, as impressive they might be, some shots, even made with a crane, were improvised and some were just tests Benoit Debie (the cinematographer) made before the actual shooting. And as the feature experiments with "360 degrees turning shots" we let you discover in the bottom of page a non-official VR drawing.
But before being the movie we know, it's a mix between ideas Gaspar Noé had : a love melodrama titled Danger (which became Love) and a movie project with one single long take about a rape in a parking lot (whose screenplay didn't exceeded two pages).
The idea of editing the movie in reverse-order comes from Christopher Nolan's Memento (2000). However, in Korea, a DVD edition includes a re-edited version in the chronological order. As nobody asked his agreement for this re-editing, Gaspar Noé would have preferred to include black insert between each scene, as he made it in Love.
OFFICIAL SELECTION / IN COMPETITION
[ Cannes 2002 ]
BRONZE HORSE OF THE BEST MOVIE
[ Stockholm 2002 ]
BEST MOVIE OF THE DECADE
[ CinEuphoria Awards 2010 ]
BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE MOVIE
[ SDFCS 2003 ]