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  •  READER COMMENTS

    Reader comments on Irreversible

    Subject: got a little carried away
    Date: Dec 8, 2003
    Sender: JamesEarlCashPrevious | Next

    I just re-read your review, I changed my mind about a couple of things.

    Let me start by apologizing for my use of such insulting words, I myself am French and felt offended by what seemed to be your criticism of the French cinema. I obviously got so upset that I may have written comments which were more hate-filled than explanatory. I realize that Americans watch and analyze movies in an extremely different manner than Europeans. I understand your reactions now. Having lived for the past 15 years in America, maybe I need to put my Latin pride away sometimes.

    Still, I do still feel that you misunderstood the movie and that it may be due to your lack of understanding of the French culture. The characters seem shallow to an American audience due to the lack of background information, what do these people do...etc..., such details are not necessary to Europeans, it is more the way the characters interact which defines them.

    The movie is filmed backwards in a different manner than Memento simply because they do not belong in the same category. Memento is a mystery which can only be solved by going back to the beggining. Irreversible is intended more to show the impredictability of life; no matter how perfect and beautiful life may be, it can be destroyed with a single event. Notice also how although Irreversible ends with the beginning, it still looks and feels like an ending.

    That said, I also feel awful about insulting your writing style. After re-reading your review, I realize that you explain your opinion in a very convincing manner. I guess I just did not aknowledge it due to my absolute disagreement with your point of view. You have to understand that I consider this movie to be beautiful, strangely enough. But....I still feel you went to far near the end of your article and expressed certain statements with (sorry) extremely narrow-minded and immature comments. These comments threw off balance your otherwise good (I admit it) and valid arguments. The "monkey camera work" and "Naked Monica" statements were just ridiculous. Trust me, the French would never go see a movie like this simply to see Monica Belucci naked, nakedness is just too common and accepted (at a very young age) in France for it to be exploited.

    If you want to delete my comments, please go ahead. They were to insulting to be taken seriously by any reader. I do urge you to keep a more open mind when watching movies such as this, though, you do need it to see through the seemingly gratuitous violence and overly shocking scenes to fully enjoy and understand a movie like Irreversible.

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  • Sorry for you   from Mademoiselle, Mar 12, 2003
  • Re: Sorry for you   from GD Williamson, Mar 18, 2003
  • Re: Sorry for you   from Bryan, Sep 29, 2003
  • Re: Sorry for you   from Tashtigo707, Apr 14, 2003
  • Re: Sorry for you   from Perfume V, Jun 13, 2003
  • Re: Sorry for you   from Seb, Oct 6, 2003
  • Re: Sorry for you   from earlgrey, Oct 12, 2003
  • Re: Sorry for you   from Sam, Nov 5, 2003
  • fascinating   from irrelevant, Jan 10, 2004
  • Re: Sorry for you   from FreeYOW, Jan 22, 2006
  • Re: Sorry for you   from Rose, Sep 2, 2007
  • Don't listen to Joshy   from Cory, Mar 13, 2003
  • worst... film... ever!   from lunarfist, Mar 14, 2003
  • Irreversible did it's job   from WebsCo, Aug 7, 2003
  • Re: worst... film... ever!   from EJ, Aug 9, 2003
  • Re: worst... film... ever!   from Matchfit, Sep 1, 2003
  • Re: worst... film... ever!   from dcc, Aug 16, 2007
  • Death Wish   from Geezer, Feb 14, 2004
  • Re: worst... film... ever!   from Jo, Feb 15, 2004
  • Re: worst... film... ever!   from DC, Aug 16, 2007
  • Re: worst... film... ever!   from mastroiani, Jun 30, 2009
  • [no subject]   from MJ, Mar 30, 2003
  • are you kidding?   from tb7, Apr 1, 2003
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  • this says it best   from MB, Apr 18, 2003
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  • » got a little carried away «   from JamesEarlCash, Dec 8, 2003
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  • Irreversible   from Tyler Durden, Feb 18, 2004
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  • "Irreversible" review   from Steven J Athanas, Oct 30, 2005
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  • [no subject]   from SteamMachine, Nov 16, 2006
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  • inexcusable   from Fin Macdonald, Oct 16, 2013
  • Amazing movie, Top notch   from Novi Filipovich, Jul 5, 2014
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  • Re: Sorry for you   from GD Williamson, Mar 18, 2003
  • Re: Sorry for you   from Bryan, Sep 29, 2003
  • Re: Sorry for you   from Tashtigo707, Apr 14, 2003
  • Re: Sorry for you   from Perfume V, Jun 13, 2003
  • Re: Sorry for you   from Seb, Oct 6, 2003
  • Re: Sorry for you   from earlgrey, Oct 12, 2003
  • Re: Sorry for you   from Sam, Nov 5, 2003
  • fascinating   from irrelevant, Jan 10, 2004
  • Re: Sorry for you   from FreeYOW, Jan 22, 2006
  • Re: Sorry for you   from Rose, Sep 2, 2007
  • Don't listen to Joshy   from Cory, Mar 13, 2003
  • worst... film... ever!   from lunarfist, Mar 14, 2003
  • Irreversible did it's job   from WebsCo, Aug 7, 2003
  • Re: worst... film... ever!   from EJ, Aug 9, 2003
  • Re: worst... film... ever!   from Matchfit, Sep 1, 2003
  • Re: worst... film... ever!   from dcc, Aug 16, 2007
  • Death Wish   from Geezer, Feb 14, 2004
  • Re: worst... film... ever!   from Jo, Feb 15, 2004
  • Re: worst... film... ever!   from DC, Aug 16, 2007
  • Re: worst... film... ever!   from mastroiani, Jun 30, 2009
  • [no subject]   from MJ, Mar 30, 2003
  • are you kidding?   from tb7, Apr 1, 2003
  • Repulsive without merit   from t c, Apr 16, 2003
  • Re: Repulsive without merit   from CB, May 2, 2003
  • Re: Repulsive without merit   from tie, Mar 15, 2004
  • Re: Repulsive without merit   from Mimo Zus, Aug 17, 2004
  • Re: Repulsive without merit   from che, Apr 20, 2007
  • this says it best   from MB, Apr 18, 2003
  • Re: this says it best   from Tashtigo707, Apr 22, 2003
  • homophobia?   from fireal, Apr 23, 2003
  • Re: homophobia?   from Perfume V, May 1, 2003
  • Re: homophobia?   from fireal, May 11, 2003
  • Re: homophobia?   from Perfume V, Jun 13, 2003
  • Re: homophobia?   from movie viewer, Dec 3, 2003
  • Re: homophobia?   from Joshua, Dec 3, 2003
  • Re: homophobia?   from Bjoern H, Dec 7, 2003
  • Re: homophobia?   from Ronin, Jan 2, 2004
  • Re: homophobia?   from Jaime, May 7, 2007
  • Re: homophobia?   from Rose, Sep 2, 2007
  • Re: homophobia?   from Allan, Sep 13, 2008
  • Re: this says it best   from Tony Host, Jan 18, 2007
  • Doing what it is suppose to!   from Bruce, May 9, 2003
  • versirreblei   from mark brant, May 14, 2003
  • Joshy...   from monica belluci, May 24, 2003
  • late at night   from Clara, May 31, 2003
  • Movie end   from David, Aug 24, 2003
  • Joshy's point   from tommy, Jun 1, 2003
  • [no subject]   from , Sep 25, 2003
  • ART   from L, Oct 6, 2003
  • Re: ART   from Derek, Dec 6, 2006
  • I liked it... then hated it.   from Bryan, Sep 29, 2003
  • Re: I liked it... then hated it.   from Bjoern H, Dec 7, 2003
  • JOSHUA TANZER, You are a jackass!   from sudamericanrocker, Oct 12, 2003
  • Re: JOSHUA TANZER, You are a jackass!   from Tostitos, Oct 18, 2003
  • Fucking americans!   from Mr. Europa, Nov 12, 2003
  • Re: Fucking americans!   from karen, Dec 22, 2004
  • Re: Fucking americans!   from ying, May 15, 2005
  • Is this a review??   from Mauro, Dec 5, 2003
  • the movie was a complete success.   from Nadira Ilana, Jan 2, 2004
  • Re: Is this a review??   from Hathor, Feb 6, 2004
  • YOU UNEDUCATED, IGNORANT, NARROW-MINDED MORON   from JamesEarlCash, Dec 8, 2003
  • » got a little carried away «   from JamesEarlCash, Dec 8, 2003
  • Post Scriptum   from JamesEarlCash, Dec 8, 2003
  • saw last night - amazing viceral   from michael, Jan 6, 2004
  • Re: saw last night - amazing viceral   from Drew, Jan 25, 2005
  • if you know films, this for BEST PICTURE   from dobermann, Jan 13, 2004
  • Irreversible   from Tyler Durden, Feb 18, 2004
  • Asking for a song   from Pedro Trevino, Apr 5, 2004
  • Criminal charges   from A.J.A., Apr 25, 2004
  • Editing   from Me, Aug 1, 2004
  • irreversible...   from Jeff, Nov 24, 2004
  • Re: irreversible...   from Onetime, Dec 16, 2004
  • my sentiments exactly   from RG, Jun 10, 2005
  • Good review   from Lampen, Jun 27, 2005
  • Gasper Noe ROCKS   from Discoelmer, Jul 5, 2005
  • Is this guy a qualified critic?   from theevildead23, Sep 3, 2005
  • "Irreversible" review   from Steven J Athanas, Oct 30, 2005
  • Eyes open   from che, Nov 13, 2005
  • Re: Eyes open   from ski, Nov 25, 2005
  • feedbeack   from Per, Jan 10, 2006
  • Relax gentlemen...   from JT Mengel, Jun 26, 2006
  • Joshua Tanzer is a stupid cunt   from DNK, Jul 4, 2006
  • Re: Joshua Tanzer is a stupid cunt   from Che, Apr 20, 2007
  • lol, go and watch clockwork orange   from nameless, Oct 1, 2006
  • Memento?!?!?   from Pokey, Oct 30, 2006
  • [no subject]   from SteamMachine, Nov 16, 2006
  • Tanzer Sucks   from Ricardo Moscoso, May 25, 2007
  • Hypocrite!!   from Dee, Jun 19, 2007
  • Not at all a pointless movie   from kada, Jul 12, 2007
  • Joshua hit the nail on the head   from Mike Lep, Aug 7, 2007
  • Re: Joshua hit the nail on the head   from Novi Filipovich, Jul 5, 2014
  • Movie is good and reviewer is bad...   from Cheery, Sep 16, 2007
  • Disgusted   from Sick, Jan 30, 2009
  • You're an idiot   from Robert, May 6, 2009
  • inexcusable   from Fin Macdonald, Oct 16, 2013
  • Amazing movie, Top notch   from Novi Filipovich, Jul 5, 2014