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9,416 Ratings



Directed by Gaspar Noé
France, 2002
Drama, Avant-Garde, LGBTQ+


A woman’s lover and her ex-boyfriend take justice into their own hands after she becomes the victim of a rapist. Because some acts can’t be undone. Because man is an animal. Because the desire for vengeance is a natural impulse. Because most crimes remain unpunished.

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