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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.

Director:

Paul Verhoeven

Writers:

Philippe Djian (novel), David Birke (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 64 wins & 79 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Michèle
Laurent Lafitte ... Patrick (as Laurent Lafitte de la Comédie Française)
Anne Consigny ... Anna
Charles Berling ... Richard
Virginie Efira ... Rebecca
Judith Magre ... Irène
Christian Berkel ... Robert
Jonas Bloquet ... Vincent
Alice Isaaz ... Josie
Vimala Pons ... Hélène
Raphaël Lenglet ... Ralf
Arthur Mazet Arthur Mazet ... Kevin
Lucas Prisor ... Kurt
Hugo Conzelmann 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Country:

France | Germany | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oh! See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€9,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,389,814, 16 January 2017
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Verhoeven was set to do a movie adaptation of De stille Kracht (1974), which was a very popular mini-series in the Netherlands in the 1970s. However, budgetary problems and difficulties in securing exotic filming locations caused him to abandon the project and do Elle (2016) instead, even though producer San Fu Maltha has been quoted as saying that he is still interested to make the movie together with Verhoeven. See more »

Goofs

The number plate of Richard's car when he parks outside Michele's house is different from when she looks out of the window at his car. The same number plate is seen near the end of the film on Vincent's car. See more »

Quotes

Richard: So suddenly you're throwing a Christmas party?
Michèle Leblanc: I thought it'd be good to get know each other better. She's lovely, by the way.
Richard: Another of your traps?
Michèle Leblanc: I have better things to do than plot diabolical Christmas dinners.
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Featured in Verhoeven Versus Verhoeven (2016) See more »

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The good old Paul
4 June 2016 | by Alain RichardSee all my reviews

"Elle" means "She" - the whole movie is seen through the eyes of the character played by Isabelle Huppert, a woman being victim of an aggression in the first scene of the film.

From there you will probably be unable to predict the plot, as its structure doesn't follow the rules we've been used to. At one point during the screening I thought the movie would end soon but it went on and was still engaging. At first you might think it's just a thriller but the writing has more to offer and deploys in original ways.

Isabelle Huppert delivers a great performance playing a strong female character, something quite rare in movies.

The film can be quite shocking, but never gratuitous. Verhoeven's ability to balance a serious drama with his usual "funny" ways is thought provoking without being ponderous. This dynamic was always Verhoeven's strength, even in this kind of more "auteurish" work.

Don't await slick Hollywood style here, but a somewhat dark & gritty satire on human relationships.

Loved it, can't wait for Verhoeven's take on Jesus


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