Directed by Paul Verhoeven
When Michèle, the CEO of a gaming software company, is attacked in her home by an unknown assailant, she refuses to let it alter her precisely ordered life. She manages crises involving family, all the while becoming engaged in a game of cat and mouse with her stalker.
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★★★★½ review by matt lynch on Letterboxd
One of cinema's greatest perverts makes his manifesto on guilt and taboo desire.
★★★★ review by Evan on Letterboxd
TIFF 2016 Film #6
Elle is all kinds of disturbing, but that's why I love Paul Verhoeven. It's brutal, unforgiving, and quite disgusting. There's also a shocking amount of comedy; many laugh out loud moments that had myself and the the theater cackling through out. Major credit to the writing! Isabelle Huppert was masterful; probably the best female performance of the year.
Even though this isn't one of my favorite Verhoeven films. I am beyond impressed he was able to make such a quality film after not making a full length feature in 10 years!
★★★★ review by willa on Letterboxd
pretty crazy how isabelle huppert just went and invented acting like that Huh
★★★★ review by josh lewis 🌹 on Letterboxd
women forced to search for their own avenues of power and pleasure in a world dominated by masculine aggression and desire, step one: manipulating that aggression/violence so that it's on a collision course with itself, rather than another victim... way too much to unpack here, and way better writers more qualified to do it.
★★★★½ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd
I'm kind of in love with this film.
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