Posted in French film

ELLE (2016)

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A film by Paul Verhoeven

Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Virginie Efira, Christian Berkel

At the head of a video game development company, Michelle is a self-taught, authoritative and independent woman who lets nothing and no one to dictate her conduct. Until she was raped in her home by a masked man. She said nothing to anyone, continues as if nothing had happened, and the cat and mouse game with the mask man begins…..

The Dutch director kicks off with a woman being raped in her home by a masked man; rather than call the cops afterwards, she simply clears up some broken dishes , takes a bath and sets about getting on with her busy life. Michelle ( Isabelle Huppert) is quiet a woman, she is dead honest, tell it like it is and liken she sees it. She is divorced and has a son who is living with his deranged girlfriend who is expecting a kid. Her mother goes out with a gigolo to top it all off her father is a serial killer. Well then welcome to the family. There are flashback of the rape where there is the fear of the dude coming back. You see Michele is determined to stop the fear by plunging into her work. Here Verhoeven has done a back humored melodrama with a comic tone. Huppert here is on top of her career and does seems to slow down. Her performance here is so perfect it cut like a knife and it is sharp as hell. There is a playful approach towards serious, even controversial  issues and yet provoking.

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