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Elle 15

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DIRECTOR Paul Verhoeven
CAST Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling

Isabelle Huppert gives a staggering performance in Paul Verhoeven’s psychological thriller about one woman’s response to a violent attack.

When businesswoman Michèle is raped by a masked intruder in her Parisian home, she makes it a point of honour to keep calm and carry on. But when her attacker starts sending her text messages, she engages in a cat and mouse game to establish who has the upper hand. An electrifying and provocative film.
(2016 France / Germany / Belgium 131 mins Subtitled)

Elle is really at least three films at once: First, there’s the comedy of manners involving Michele’s adult son, mother, ex-husband and their respective other halves … At other moments, Elle plays like a sophisticated thriller, the mystery of the masked attacker shifting and reshaping itself as we share in Michele’s heightened state of cool appraisal, scanning every man onscreen to figure out whether he might be the one. But it’s the third film, a complex psychological portrait of an unusual woman, that might be the most alluring. As it progresses, Elle takes a deep dive into dangerous territory that could be viewed as toxic misogyny or a disturbing provocation. The sheer brilliance and mastery of Huppert’s controlled, multifaceted performance will help to rally support to the latter perspective. Whatever your take, it’s a movie that will inspire debate for decades to come.  Catherine Bray, Time Out 

Language French

Winner of Golden Globes awards for Best Actress and Best Foreign Language film. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress.

BBFC advice: Contains sexual violence  
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