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Elle

Year 2016
Runtime 130 mins
Subtitles English

As the head of a video game company, Michèle (Isabelle Huppert, AMOUR, I HEART HUCKABEES) is accustomed to – and ruthless in – high stakes games of strategy, cunning and intrigue. When she is violently attacked in her home, Michèle is lured into a curious and sexually charged test of nerve, strength and emotional stamina. Resolute to not be a victim, Michèle turns to a dark family legacy to find the means of her salvation. 

Adapted from the Novel “OH…” by Philippe Dijan, ELLE is a dark twist on the tale of a seemingly helpless victim. In his first French feature film, Paul Verhoeven (TOTAL RECALL, ROBOCOP) and screenwriter David Blake (13 SINS, GACY) have collaborated to create a heightened emotional landscape where Michèle can be vindicated through violence and her darkest intentions can become reality.

Countries

Belgium France Germany
Awards
Cannes, International Cinephile Society Grand Prix
Festivals
Official Selections: Cannes, TIFF, Melbourne International Film Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival
Director
Paul Verhoeven
Screenwriter
David Birke
Editor
Job Ter Burg
Music
Anne Dudley
Cast
Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny
Sound
Jean-Paul Mugel, Alexis Place, Katia Boutin, Cyril Holtz