The Watching Hour: Irreversible
France, 2012, 97 Minute Running Time
Language: French English Sub-Titles
Screens at 10pm Saturday, April 27th as part of The Watching Hour
Some things to note before you come to tonight's screening. He uses gyroscopic cameras to great effect (you might get dizzy), shocking violence (you might puke), Thomas Bangalter recorded portions of the soundtrack with "brown noise" (your gut will feel uncomfortable), the film is told backwards (your brain has to work) and most notoriously it features a 10 minute long scene of rape (you'll know when it is coming and if you decide to leave we'll alert you to when to return to the film). All in all, Noe's film is an amazing test to the cinematic medium and the audience that watches it. Brutal and tough, it is still one of the best French films around.
35mm presentation - Gaspar Noé's Irreversible utilizes the same storytelling technique used by Christopher Nolan in Memento and Harold Pinter in Betrayal. Consisting of about a dozen scenes, all shot in single takes, Irreversible charts a disturbing night in the life of Marcus (Vincent Cassel), but presents the events in reverse chronological order. The audience eventually learns how the beautiful Alex (Cassel's real-life partner Monica Bellucci) is involved. The film opens with a violent altercation at a gay sex club and works backward to explain how and why the violence occurred.
DIRECTOR: Gaspar Noe