Elle

Elle
  • 2016
  • France, Germany, Belgium
  • 130 min
  • Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
  • Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Christian Berkel, Anne Consigny
  • Language: French
  • UK release: 24 February 2017

Michele (Huppert) is a successful, middle-aged video games producer who, when raped by a violent intruder, doesn't report the assault but behaves as though nothing has happened. Verhoven's dark character drama features an astonishing, multi-layered central performance from Huppert and its treatment of sexual violence is challenging and audacious.

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Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a leading video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life and to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever and when she resolutely tracks him down, they are drawn into a curious and thrilling game that could spiral out of control at any moment.

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Elle

11 Oct 20164 stars

LFF 2016: Isabelle Huppert gives an astonishing central performance in Paul Verhoeven's dark character study

When we first see successful, middle-aged video games producer Michèle Leblanc, she is engaged in a violent struggle with an intruder who proceeds to rape her. Her character is immediately established when, instead of reporting the assault, she clears…

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