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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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Paul Verhoeven

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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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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Paul Verhoeven's first French-language film. See more »

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At the gun range, before firing the .44-revolver, Michèle fails to put her earmuffs back on. Yet after the shot, her hearing is not affected. See more »

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Rebecca: My husband was a decent man... but he had a tortured soul... I'm glad you made him happy for a time
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Verhoeven : Just misses the target again
5 January 2018 | by IanIndependentSee all my reviews

I so much want to like Paul Verhoeven films. The promise much in what I want from a film. Good stories told differently, thought provoking plot-lines, interesting characters and, of course, eroticism. Yet, I haven't found any of his films totally convincing. 'Elle' is another that doesn't quite meet it's aims. I think the narrative with multiple plots could have been better told by another director. Isabelle Huppert hold all the stories and the often implausible situations together really well and is outstanding as always but cannot lift the film above average. If not for her lead then the film would have been a 3 or 4 star disaster. Having said that I wonder if the great Miss Huppert is slightly tooold for the role. I think the leading lady is now in her sixties Michele is supposed to be around 50? At times it shows. I wouldn't recommend this film as a must see but would probably recommend it as a dent nights entertainment with good performances and some interesting detail.


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