Censors sign off on rape, sex club scene

British censors have approved Gaspar Noe’s sex shocker “Irreversible” for theatrical release with an 18 rating.

The British Board of Film Classification took advice from a clinical forensic psychologist about the pic’s brutal rape scene, and found that it was “not designed to titillate.” It also signed off on a scene in a sex club of a man being battered to death with a fire extinguisher.

Distrib Metro Tartan welcomed the decision, but expressed concern at the BBFC’s suggestion that it might require cuts for video release.

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