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Elle (2016)

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A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 55 wins & 69 nominations. See more awards »

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Patrick (as Laurent Lafitte de la Comédie Française)
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Anna
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Richard Leblanc
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Rebecca
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Irène Leblanc
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Robert
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Vincent
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Josie
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Hélène
Raphaël Lenglet ...
Ralf
Arthur Mazet ...
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Kurt
Hugo Conzelmann ...
Philipp Kwan
Stéphane Bak ...
Omar
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Storyline

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. Written by SBS Productions

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence involving sexual assault, disturbing sexual content, some grisly images, brief graphic nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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11 November 2016 (USA)  »

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€9,000,000 (estimated)
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When the film was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture in a Foreign Language, it was already clear that it would not be eligible for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film; even though the Oscar nominations had not been announced yet, 'Elle' had failed to make the shortlist of nine films for that category. Paul Verhoeven later said that this fact may have helped the film to win the Golden Globe. See more »

Goofs

After her car crashed against trees, her cell phone and bag remained unmoved in the seat at her side. The airbag deployed indicating the crash was not light, and her objects must be fallen. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Patrick: Why?
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Connections

Featured in Verhoeven Versus Verhoeven (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 6 'Pastorale' - 1st Movement
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Berliner Philharmoniker
Conducted by Simon Rattle
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Razorsharp & hilarious
30 June 2016 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Saw this great little comedy of manners, cleverly disguised as a thriller/whodunnit. The first image of the coldly distant, observing cat puts the spectator in the right frame of mind. A very clever script that makes every scene count, peak and slice away. A brilliant mise-en-scene that refuses to heighten the emotions or prettify. Isabelle Huppert absolutely shines, balancing all the minute emotional ticks in every scene, perfectly in control. She leads an ensemble of actors that play the diverse characters/antagonists to perfection. The story is actually all subtext, the main plot only used to connect all the dots and leading us by the nose to the bigger picture. The movie is marvelously playful, refusing to be dramatic, cute or opt for an easy way out. At the same time everything is done with great style and measured, cooked to perfection. Curiously i felt like i was about the only person in the audience who was chuckling along with every scene, maybe my dark sense of humor or feeling the unmistakably Verhoeven tone more acute with every movie of this great director i get to see. What else - a great score by Anne Dudley and Said Ben Said is getting to be my favorite producer !!! And now quite curious to read the source novel.


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