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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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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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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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An Oscar-worthy performance from Isabelle Huppert! See more »

Genres:

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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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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Budget:

€9,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,389,814, 16 January 2017
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Second Verhoeven movie to feature the Iggy Pop song 'Lust for life', first one being 'Spetters' (1980). See more »

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Richard bangs Michèle's head repeatedly against a concrete wall and hits her in the face with powerful punches. Yet Michèle never loses consciousness, doesn't sustain any bone fractures and gets even away without so much as a swollen eyelid. See more »

Quotes

Michèle Leblanc: [Whispering to her father] I killed you by coming here.
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Verhoeven forever
28 May 2016 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

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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