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Elle -- Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a leading 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.
Elle -- A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.
Elle -- 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.
Elle -- A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.
Elle -- 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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Philippe Djian (based on the novel by) and
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Release Date:
11 November 2016 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Isabelle Huppert ... Michèle Leblanc

Laurent Lafitte ... Patrick (as Laurent Lafitte de la Comédie Française)

Anne Consigny ... Anna

Charles Berling ... Richard Leblanc

Virginie Efira ... Rebecca

Judith Magre ... Irène Leblanc

Christian Berkel ... Robert

Jonas Bloquet ... Vincent

Alice Isaaz ... Josie

Vimala Pons ... Hélène
Raphaël Lenglet ... Ralf
Arthur Mazet ... Kevin

Lucas Prisor ... Kurt
Hugo Conzelmann ... Philipp Kwan
Stéphane Bak ... Omar
Hugues Martel ... Directeur adjoint
Anne Loiret ... Médecin

Nicolas Beaucaire ... Agent immobilier
David Léotard ... Serrurier (as David Colombo-Léotard)
Loïc Legendre ... Armurier

Jean-Noël Martin ... Maître d'hôtel

Eric Savin ... Inspecteur

Olivia Gotanègre ... Infirmière
Zohar Wexler ... Policier
Raphaël Kahn ... Médecin laboratoire
Jina Djemba ... Infirmière maternité
Nicolas Ullmann ... Barman
Florent Peiffer ... Journaliste news
Laurent Orry ... Gardien de prison
Fleur Geffrier ... Serveuse
Marie Berto ... Femme cafétéria
Caroline Breton ... Jeune femme
Oury Milshtein ... Voix off vétérinaire (voice)
Dominique Plaideau ... Voix off documentaire (voice)
Lahouassa Elise ... Voix off journaliste (voice)
Jean Douchet ... Invité soirée
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vincent Launay-Franceschini ... Painter
Jean-Yves Freyburger ... Invitée soirée (uncredited)
François Nambot ... Employé société jeux vidéo (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Verhoeven 
Writing credits
Philippe Djian (based on the novel by)

David Birke  screenplay
Harold Manning  french translator

Produced by
Saïd Ben Saïd .... producer
Sarah Borch-Jacobsen .... assistant producer
Kevin Chneiweiss .... assistant producer
Sébastien Delloye .... co-producer
Diana Elbaum .... co-producer
Martin Hampel .... line producer
Thanassis Karathanos .... co-producer
Michel Merkt .... producer
Sebastian Schelenz .... head of production: Belgium
François Touwaide .... co-producer
Original Music by
Anne Dudley 
Cinematography by
Stéphane Fontaine 
Film Editing by
Job ter Burg 
Casting by
Constance Demontoy 
Production Design by
Laurent Ott 
Costume Design by
Nathalie Raoul 
Makeup Department
Sophie Farsat .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Sarah Blanc .... production coordinator
Loris Camacho .... assistant production manager
Costia Dufour .... assistant unit manager
Abraham Goldblat .... post-production supervisor
Benjamin Goumard .... assistant unit manager
Morgane Le Gallic .... post-production supervisor
Jean-Christophe Leborgne .... assistant unit manager
Manon Messiant .... assistant production manager
Oury Milshtein .... production manager
Karine Petite .... unit manager
Antony Renault .... assistant unit manager
Thibault Ruslet .... post-production assistant
Emmanuel Thoze .... assistant unit manager
Valentin Tourdjman .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Morand Coline .... third assistant director
Lahouassa Elise .... third assistant director
Hugo Fié .... third assistant director
Quentin Janssen .... second assistant director
Dali Mansour .... third assistant director
Anna Pazen .... personal assistant
Carole Reinhard .... assistant director: location scout
Brieuc Vanderswalm .... first assistant director
Art Department
Stephanie Angrand .... first assistant
Mathieu Champel .... scenic painter
François Combastel .... construction coordinator
Emmanuel Delis .... property master
Valerie Delis .... graphic designer
Mathieu Jurgenson .... digital artist
Delphine Nayet .... assistant property master
Benjamin Stierle .... scenic painter
Sound Department
Jonathan Acbard .... boom operator
Morgane Annic-Nony .... sound assistant
Louis Bart .... assistant sound editor
Benoît Biral .... foley mixer
Katia Boutin .... adr supervisor
Katia Boutin .... dialogue editor
Guillaume Couturier .... sound mastering engineer
Cyril Holtz .... re-recording mixer
Damien Lazzerini .... re-recording mixer
Gwennolé Le Borgne .... sound editor
Damien Luquet .... boom operator
Jean-Paul Mugel .... sound mixer
Alexis Place .... supervising sound editor
Philippe van Leer .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Clément Wintz .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Barthelemy Beaux .... digital compositor
Cyrille Bonjean .... additionnal vfx supervisor on set
Sophie Denize .... visual effects producer
Simon Descamps .... visual effects coordinator: Mikros Image
Christophe Duflaut .... digital compositor
Gaël Durant .... vfx production manager
Philippe Frère .... visual effects supervisor
Marc Jouveneau .... visual effects supervisor: post-production
Manon Le Bas .... visual effects coordinator
Sergeï Lourié .... 2d supervisor
Marie Maulet .... digital compositor
Hugues Namur .... visual effects supervisor
Nicolas Rey .... visual effects supervisor
Chartier Thibault .... digital compositor
Alain Bignet .... additionnal vfx supervisor on set (uncredited)
Laurent Alexandre .... stunt rigger (as Larry Alexandre)
Sybille Blouin .... stunt pilot
Clément Huet .... stunt double: Patrick
Emmanuel Lanzi .... stunt coordinator
Marion Levavasseur .... stunt double: Michèle
Pascal Mercuri .... assistant rigger
Patrick Ronchin .... car stunt coordinator
Sébastien Seveau .... stunt pilot
Alain Villain .... stunt pilot
Camera and Electrical Department
Adèle Belliot .... electrician
Franck-Norman Bihi .... electrician
Xavier Cholet .... gaffer
Hugo Delahoutre .... electrician
Laurent Dexpert .... electrician
Anastasia Durand-Launay .... data manager
Guy Ferrandis .... still photographer
Jan Gagnaire .... grip
François Gallet .... b cam focus puller
Jonas Gayraud .... third assistant camera
Antonin Gendre .... key grip
Bruno Glasberg .... electrician
Mathieu Le Bothlan .... b cam operator
Fabien Perniceni .... second assistant camera
Sébastien Plessis .... electrician
Marie-Laure Prost .... a camera focus puller
Luc Reyrolle .... electrician
Florent Tite .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Lahouassa Elise .... casting assistant
Valérie Trajanovski .... extras casting
Editorial Department
Camille Cariou .... post-production assistant
Xavier Desjours .... digital dailies colorist
Isabelle Julien .... colorist
Niels Koopman .... assistant editor
Location Management
Danae Delbos .... location scout
Music Department
Christopher Gutch .... composer agent (as Chris Gutch)
Elise Luguern .... music supervisor
Arran Price .... composer assistant
Other crew
Anne Berger .... production assistant
Bénédicte Darblay .... script supervisor
Mita de Groot .... assistant to the director
Adrien Overlot .... production accountant
Myriam Rak .... legal clearance supervisor

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Rated R for violence involving sexual assault, disturbing sexual content, some grisly images, brief graphic nudity, and language
130 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Before the production began, Paul Verhoeven went to a Dutch language institute to learn French, in order to better communicate with the cast and crew. He said it was simply necessary, because according to tradition, making a French movie should be done with an all-French crew. He initially spoke English with them, but this didn't work efficiently. Fortunately, Verhoeven had once been to a French school in his youth, so he picked up the language quickly.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Robert:What did you do?
Michèle Leblanc:I stopped lying.
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Movie Connections:
References The Last of Us (2013) (VG)See more »
Lust For LifeSee more »


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44 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Provocative psychological thriller, 12 June 2016
Author: Ruben Mooijman from Ghent, Belgium

Director Paul Verhoeven is famous for his provocative films, often combining sex, violence and psychological power play. Actress Isabelle Huppert is famous for her demanding roles, often playing powerful women with an obsession for sex and/or violence.

Put the two together and you can guess what you get. Elle's lead character, Michèle, is a woman who owns a video game company, specializing in games filled with extreme sex and violence. She casually shares her bed with her best friend's husband. She masturbates watching the neighbour unloading the trunk of his car. Her father is a convicted serial killer. Oh, and she doesn't seem to mind getting raped.

At least, that's the impression after the very first scene. After having been attacked and violently raped, she doesn't call the police of even a friend, but a fast food restaurant, ordering something to eat.

The film explores not only Michèle's relationship with her rapist, whose identity is established after about two thirds of the film, but also the men and women in her immediate circle. They all have their problems and peculiarities, and Michèle seems to pull all their strings as a hard, cold woman, superbly mastering her feelings and emotions.

For the viewer, it takes some effort to understand all the different relationships, and even more to grasp Michèle's behaviour. The only explanation Verhoeven offers, is her troubled youth as the daughter of a serial killer. In my opinion, the film suffers from an overload of characters with psychological difficulties. There's a mother hiring a gigolo because she can't accept getting older, there's a son clinging to a dominating girlfriend, a neighbour with a wife obsessed with religion, an employee playing a dirty trick on Michèle, and so on. Personally, I found it a bit too much.

The one thing that stands out in this film, is Isabelle Huppert's acting. Any other actress could easily have made Michèle's character unbelievable. But Huppert's utter detachment from any form of sensitivity makes the part completely convincing.

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