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Malcolm St. Clair
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
After producer Saïd Ben Saïd sent Paul Verhoeven a copy of the book by Philippe Djian, Verhoeven's interest was immediately piqued. The initial plan was to produce the movie in the United States, but there were problems finding a female lead. Nicole Kidman, Sharon Stone, Julianne Moore and Diane Lane were offered the role, but they all passed on the opportunity. Marion Cotillard and Carice van Houten were also considered. According to Paul Verhoeven, most actresses immediately turned down the part as soon as they had read the script, instead of waiting for a few days which is standard practice. One of the actresses said she felt uncomfortable because of things that had happened to her in the past, one didn't give any reasons but just said, 'certainly not'. Verhoeven told The Guardian that the only American actress who would have been game, he thinks, was Jennifer Jason Leigh, "She would have had absolutely no problem. She's extremely audacious. But she's an artistic presence and we were looking for names", he said. Verhoeven decided to relocate the shoot of Elle to France after his inability to find a lead actress and an American company willing to produce such a controversial film. Verhoeven revealed that Isabelle Huppert had heard of the plans to adapt the book, and called around to express her interest in the project long before he himself finally got involved. Fortunately, Verhoeven and Huppert were fans of each other's work, and had wanted to work together for a long time, so Huppert's participation was quickly secured. Although Huppert had difficulties relating to her character, Verhoeven was exceptionally pleased with her performance, stating that she brought things to the role beyond what was written in the script. See more »
At the Christmas Eve house party, one of the guests asks to watch midnight mass on the TV. The TVs shoes Pope Francis celebrating mass from St Peter's in Rome. There is never such a midnight mass. The Christmas vigil mass it tends to be at 7 or 8 pm in the evening. See more »
Struggling to get by builds character.
Trouble is, he's dating a psycho... The wacko won't tolerate struggling.
Psycho's the word. Often though, that kind of woman is good in bed.
What does that mean, "good in bed"? I never knew.
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No, folks, Paul Verhoeven has not changed, not at all, and I doubt if he will in the future. He has never made any French feature before this one, but if I had seen this movie without knowing the director's name, I would have recognized him after only forty five minutes. And if you remove all the provocative sequences, you have the feeling to watch a Claude Chabrol's film, and not only because of Isabelle Huppert's presence. This film looks like a mix up between Verhoeven, Hitchcock and Chabrol, especially concerning the bourgeois families criticism...Verhoeven still loves provoking, shocking the audiences. The screenplay is not made with a strong suspense but despite that, you are glued to this movie. No suspense here, except concerning the rapist identity. But once you know him, you guess that the movie will finish, but it continues, and no, you are not bored. A real curiosity. Isabelle has a way of playing with her face, an expression that only her has. Especially when she says to some one that she has no opinion or something like that. Only her reacts this way.
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