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Ready to steel your nerves and go to some dark, dark places with us? Once you experience “Irreversible”, you’ll never be the same again.

Irreversible

On this episode of The Final Girl on 6th Ave, host Carolyn Smith-Hilmmer takes a deep dive into the shocking, hard-to-stomach, impossible-to-look-away from French film Irreversible from the terrible genius of enfant terrible Gaspar Noé. If this movie doesn’t scar you, nothing will. – Stephanie (Editor-in-Chief)

SHOW NOTES FROM HOST CAROLYN SMITH-HILLMER:

I don’t know if there has ever been a more difficult film for me to sit through than this one. Gaspar Noé’s IRREVERSIBLE (2002) gave me both a nightmare and an existential crisis. Viewed in reverse-chronological order, this film will leave you upset with yourself for having watched it and proud that you made it to the very end.

Irréversible depicts the events of a tragic night in Paris as two men attempt to avenge the brutal rape and beating of the woman they love. The film is made up of a title sequence followed by 13 segments made to look like long takes. Each of these segments is either a continuous shot or a series of shots digitally composited to resemble a continuous shot. The story is told in reverse order, with each scene taking place chronologically before the one that precedes it.

Critical reception was mixed, with praise towards the performances and the direction. However, criticism was strong for the film’s exceedingly graphic portrayal of violence and rape. It’s a film by Robert Ebert famously called unwatchable due to how nasty and violent it is. And no doubt, many will find this extreme horror film too much to take. But is there value in trying to endure one of the most notorious horror films of all time? Tune in as we discuss.

SOURCES

IMDB: https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0290673/

Mephistopheles: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mephistopheles 

An Experiment with Time: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Experiment_with_Time 

IndieWire Interview: https://www.indiewire.com/features/general/why-gaspar-noe-directed-on-cocaine-masturbated-in-his-own-film-and-shot-a-live-birth-55975/ 

Article from The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2002/aug/02/artsfeatures.festivals 

Laws of Thermodynamics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laws_of_thermodynamics

ABOUT THE SHOW:

The Final Girl on 6th Ave is a weekly show where host, Carolyn Smith-Hillmer, dissects an arthouse/elevated horror film. Each episode includes a detailed play-by-play of the film itself and a subsequent deep dive into the thematic elements and symbolism. Because elevated horror is sometimes viewed within the horror community as pretentious, Carolyn makes sure to use her down-to-earth tone and unique perspective to make these films less intimidating for the casual horror viewer and less ostentatious for the genre lover.

Listen to more episodes on the show’s website here

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