Elle (2016)

Elle (2016)

Elle (2016)

Rape revenge thriller starring Isabelle Huppert from director Paul Verhoeven (Starship Troopers, Basic Instinct). Nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2016.

"Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a leading video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle's life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game—a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control." (Cannes)

Best Actress (Drama), Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globes 2017
2016Rating: R18, Violence, sexual violence and offensive language131 minsFrance, Germany, BelgiumFrench with English subtitles
ThrillerWorld CinemaFestival & Independent
89%
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

High-risk material yields unexpected rewards in this remarkable rape-revenge drama, a possible career high for Paul Verhoeven.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Takes constant delight in venturing where the vast majority of filmmakers would fear to tread.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A film that runs boldly up and down the tonal bandwidth, zig-zagging from pitch-black horror to devilish satire to light domestic comedy and then back again.

5.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

It's a tough watch, while simultaneously intriguing in terms of where it'll take you next.

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A strangely compelling and twisted thriller.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A beautiful dark twisted French fantasy.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...one of the best films of the year...

0
Collider

Collider

press

Michele is a fascinatingly complex character and her response is highly personal, rooted in a lifetime of emotional callousness. The character works thanks to Isabelle Huppert, in one of her finest performances.

0

The ever reliable Isabelle Huppert performs well given the circumstances - a wildly improbable plot. Some of the other characters and their characterisations are frankly laughable. - And her son, well he may be a douche, but couldn't they have found a better actor. It's watchable, if only to see where it's going, but getting ther isn't worth the trouble....

2.0
0

The women’s film label covers the spectrum of feminine empowerment to absolute degradation and several can be read both ways. Elle (2016) is one of the ambivalent ones that can be read as a tale of strong self-assertion or, equally valid, as a tale of a compliant victim of transgressive sexuality and gender disrespect. The story is framed against the...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

High-risk material yields unexpected rewards in this remarkable rape-revenge drama, a possible career high for Paul Verhoeven.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Takes constant delight in venturing where the vast majority of filmmakers would fear to tread.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A film that runs boldly up and down the tonal bandwidth, zig-zagging from pitch-black horror to devilish satire to light domestic comedy and then back again.

5.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

It's a tough watch, while simultaneously intriguing in terms of where it'll take you next.

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A strangely compelling and twisted thriller.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A beautiful dark twisted French fantasy.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...one of the best films of the year...

0
Collider

Collider

press

Michele is a fascinatingly complex character and her response is highly personal, rooted in a lifetime of emotional callousness. The character works thanks to Isabelle Huppert, in one of her finest performances.

0

The ever reliable Isabelle Huppert performs well given the circumstances - a wildly improbable plot. Some of the other characters and their characterisations are frankly laughable. - And her son, well he may be a douche, but couldn't they have found a better actor. It's watchable, if only to see where it's going, but getting ther isn't worth the...

2.0
0

The women’s film label covers the spectrum of feminine empowerment to absolute degradation and several can be read both ways. Elle (2016) is one of the ambivalent ones that can be read as a tale of strong self-assertion or, equally valid, as a tale of a compliant victim of transgressive sexuality and gender disrespect. The story is framed against the...

4.0
0