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Elle Dir. Paul Verhoeven

  • France
  • 131 mins
  • 2016
  • Crime | Thriller
  • Colour
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Main Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny

Europe’s most flamboyantly confrontational director and its most fearless actress come together in this provocative drama, a career high for both. When divorced businesswoman Michèle (Isabelle Huppert) is sexually assaulted by a masked man in her own home, she refuses to tell the police. Instead she takes matters into her own hands, and what seems at first to be a simple home-invasion whodunnit blossoms into a complex, powerful character study that sends genre clichés and conventions flying. Verhoeven and Huppert exercise their fierce intelligence, the director by committing totally to the film’s uncompromising premise, the star by pushing herself further than ever before. If you haven’t seen this one, don’t miss it!

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