Elle

Elle

Blu-ray Disc - 2017 | French
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Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful 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.

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Maoisdead
Sep 12, 2017

" You’ve never seen a rape-revenge fantasy quite like “Elle,” not least because the rape, revenge and fantasy components of that subgenre have never been quite so fascinatingly disarranged. Knowingly incendiary but remarkably cool-headed, and built around yet another of Isabelle Huppert’s staggering psychological dissections, Paul Verhoeven’s long-awaited return to notional genre filmmaking pulls off a breathtaking bait-and-switch: Audiences arriving for a lurid slab of arthouse exploitation will be taken off-guard by the complex, compassionate, often corrosively funny examination of unconventional desires that awaits them. "- Guy Lodge.

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VonHafenstaaad
Sep 08, 2017

This is a good, late career film by Paul Verhoeven and a knockout , hilarious performance by Isabelle Huppert- which is odd considering the disturbing material in the film.
It's a testament to Verhoeven's stellar abilities as a filmmaker that so many people are seriously upset by this film- it just proves he's done a great job.

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beverlywilton
Sep 05, 2017

Sick movie

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TheSandoz
Aug 30, 2017

A troubling and hilarious film by Paul Verhoeven- obviously this is not a film for everyone.

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sarawolfe2010
Aug 22, 2017

Like many others, I did not like this film, despite wanting to, as Isabelle Huppert is such a fine actress. I had to fast forward through some revolting scenes and thus got confused as to what happened. I did find this website helpful as an explanation of the film: http://www.thisisbarry.com/single-post/2017/07/18/Elle-2016-Movie-Plot-Ending-Explained

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Calvacade
Aug 03, 2017

Huppert is superb as usual. Complex character and intriguing plot.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 01, 2017

Paul Verhoeven's French film "Elle" opens with a break in and a rape. Needless to say, this film is not for everyone. While lead actor Isabelle Huppert may signal classy art movie, the Dutch-born Verhoeven, lest you forget, directed "Robocop" and "Basic Instinct." And "Basic Instinct" may be the most relevant antecedent here, as this too is a twisted erotic thriller, albeit a much more ironic and nuanced one. It more glances at trashy genre films than embraces them and there's some family drama that the younger Verhoeven would've left out of his more over the top films. Going into this cold is probably the best way. Huppert is great and the film is dark and a little sick in the best possible way.

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uncommonreader
Jul 29, 2017

Huppert's acting was interesting to watch, but really, what was the point in making this film?

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empbee
Jul 14, 2017

A weird, psychologically interesting movie; not easy to watch. The mystery like development holds your attention. Isabelle Huppert is perfect.

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johnnybookreader
Jun 28, 2017

Here I kept waiting for this steaming heap to get good or at least interesting and then remembered it was a Paul Verhoven "effort". What a self-congratulatory, self-indulgent waste of my time.

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