Z To A: Irréversible (2002) & Zentrik (2016)

(Z To A is an ongoing series: cumulative reviews of my DVD collection in reverse alphabetical order)


In keeping with the spirit of Z To A I’ve recently revisited one of my favorite films, Gaspar Noé’s Irréversible, juxtaposing footage from its controversial rape scene and Oval’s “Zentrik,” a song off of Szenariodisk (1999).  The footage went through several digital effects but for the most part remains uncut and untouched.

The idea for the film has existed for years, but in the end I proceeded with only a few things in mind:

1) Reversing what is “irreversible” only to discover the effects and actions are the same.
2) “Zentrik” is German for “centric”; hence fixing the point of action to the middle of the screen.
3) Turning what’s human into something inhuman and then back again.

NSFW/TW: this video features images of sexual violence.

More videos can be found here.


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