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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jimg2000
Oct 11, 2018

A high spirited self-reliant woman refused to be a victim, not even consider herself victimized after a brutal assault! Reality is that most women who experienced rape did not report to the police, let alone the courage to avenge the crime (see "Quote".) But then, it is not just about crimes but tortured souls, especially hers.

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Maoisdead
Sep 21, 2018

" 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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Munkapunk
Aug 21, 2018

Every character in this movie must be on drugs. No one in real life behaves as they do. Get real!

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VonHafenstaaad
Jul 10, 2018

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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mags_the_librarian
Jul 08, 2018

A brilliant, relentless film about sexuality and power. In my all-time top 5.

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lakeland53
Jun 09, 2018

This is not a funny film, in my opinion. There is explicit sexual scenes, where the person being raped, doesn't have any reason to go to the police! I cannot realize the same reaction that this woman has in this situation. The only reason might be because she is equally as ill as her perpetrator. Anyway, I do not recommend this film to anyone. No children should watch this. I do not know the point of this story.

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Ky68RasK
May 03, 2018

This is billed as a story of a courageous woman getting even with a rapist. It's really psycho versus psycho.

Quite repulsive, really.

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JoeG101
May 02, 2018

How this movie got 2 golden globes and critics picks from LA and NY Times is beyond me. It's just plain stupid, with no one acting in a manner that has any rational basis given what is occurring. I'm not bothered by the subject matter, as one should be prepared when watching a Verhoeven flick, but I am bothered by an inane story. Huppert is a talent, but she can't save this film, and by her standards, she phoned it in - likely because she knew it was stupid.

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breemu
Mar 14, 2018

An incredibly perverse story. The main character invites an unknown, masked rapist to brutally attack her, again and again. Strangely, she never shows any ill effects after these encounters - no bruising, split lips, black eyes, concussion, etc - even though she is violently beaten each time. Even weirder is the interview of the main actress (in "extras") where she says the work is a triumph because it accurately captures how people really are....what kind of world does she inhabit?!

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MontMoroc
Feb 20, 2018

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

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jimg2000
Oct 11, 2018

She avoided the police for her own reasons:
You avoid the police because...
-Of course I avoid the police "because!" I won't deal with the police ever again.
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The police, never again. It's pointless.
-This is different. You're the victim.
I was the victim then!
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Time has dulled the terror of that distant day in May. But for some the horror will never fade away. Nor will the unanswered questions.
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How much do you need for the apartment?
-I didn't ask for money.
No, it was me, hearing voices.
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I felt ashamed beyond words.
-Shame isn't a strong enough emotion to stop us doing anything at all.
Believe me.
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Your jealousy is insane.
-No, I'm just concerned. I'm concerned because this is what I feared. The bimbos with big tits never worried me, but a woman who's read: "The Second Sex" will chew you up... And spit you out.

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jimg2000
Oct 11, 2018

That girl is clearly dysfunctional. You know nothing about her. Except she was raised in a commune by unwashed idiots.
- An arts collective.
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You're so selfish, it's frightening.
-I know. By the way, here's your check.
You never give anything truly of yourself. Your father, it's such an ordeal?
- Don't.
He's old.
- Still breathing.
Some bonds never break.
-I walk in and it's one horror after another.
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Don't expect me to pitch in. I'm stone broke.
-I'm the one who made the promise.
Why? Struggling to get by builds character.
-Trouble is, he's dating a psycho. ... The wacko won't tolerate struggling.
Psycho's the word. Often though, that kind of girl's good in bed.
-What does that even mean, "good in bed"? I never knew.
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What did you see in him?
- It was just one of those things. An opportunity. I wanted to get laid.
That's no excuse. It was shabby.
-Worse than that even.

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jimg2000
Oct 11, 2018

He was my neighbor.
-Like have-a-cup-of-coffee neighbor?
Borrow-the-lawnmower neighbor?
-No, I never borrowed his lawnmower.
But it was...
-Yes, that kind of neighbor.
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I'm very sorry for all you've been through. Fortunately, I have faith.
-What's it for if not to get through tough times?
Patrick was a good man but he had a tortured soul.
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What happened?
-Laying in bed, I asked her which of my books was her favorite.
Why'd you do that?
-She said Scent of Poplar. Scent of Poplar is a novel by one Pierre Casamayou.
I'd no idea there were two Casamayous.
-Apparently, he's talented.
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What happened?
-I don't know.
So think about it. There must be a reason, however demented.
-There's a reason. I lost my job.
Lost?
-I resigned.
You resigned?
-l had to. My car broke down.
You resigned because your car broke down?
-It's one hour there, one hour back, from the house. That's unhealthy. I saw a thing on TV about air quality in the subway.

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Lucik32
Nov 02, 2017

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