DVD - 2017 | French
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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.
Publisher: Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: DVD INTL ELLE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 131 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Mar 14, 2018

An incredibly perverse story. The main character invites an unknown, masked rapist to brutally attack her, again and again. Strangely, she never shows any ill effects after these encounters - no bruising, split lips, black eyes, concussion, etc - even though she is violently beaten each time. Even weirder is the interview of the main actress (in "extras") where she says the work is a triumph because it accurately captures how people really are....what kind of world does she inhabit?!

Feb 20, 2018

A troubling and hilarious film by Paul Verhoeven- obviously this is not a film for everyone.

Feb 20, 2018

This is a good, late career film by Paul Verhoeven and a knockout , hilarious performance by Isabelle Huppert- which is odd considering the disturbing material in the film.
It's a testament to Verhoeven's stellar abilities as a filmmaker that so many people are seriously upset by this film- it just proves he's done a great job.

Feb 20, 2018

" You’ve never seen a rape-revenge fantasy quite like “Elle,” not least because the rape, revenge and fantasy components of that subgenre have never been quite so fascinatingly disarranged. Knowingly incendiary but remarkably cool-headed, and built around yet another of Isabelle Huppert’s staggering psychological dissections, Paul Verhoeven’s long-awaited return to notional genre filmmaking pulls off a breathtaking bait-and-switch: Audiences arriving for a lurid slab of arthouse exploitation will be taken off-guard by the complex, compassionate, often corrosively funny examination of unconventional desires that awaits them. "- Guy Lodge.

Jan 15, 2018

Horrible. All the characters are perverse and evil.

Jan 05, 2018

Interesting, provocative, disturbing. Many actresses likely shunned the role because it does play to men's fantasies and misconceptions about women and rape. The claim that the film is about female empowerment is as unconvincing as the protagonist is in the position of head of a video game company. Also, let's not forget that the novelist, the screen writer, the director, and the producer are all men. Meanwhile, the director let's himself off the hook by suggesting that he doesn't know what the film is, and that it may be a complete fantasy. Having said all that, I rated the film highly because it is provocative and generally well made despite some distracting inconsistencies -- For example, why does the baby change colour? Overall, the film is a fine example of male perspective and male storytelling :) Finally, a few weeks later, it was interesting to watch the lead actress, Isabelle Huppert, in Heaven's Gate, in another role when she was much younger. Note that she was interviewed in 2017 by Charlie Rose, who seemed quite enamored by her -- just sayin'.

Jan 01, 2018

Isabelle Huppert plays a daughter of a mass murderer and the victim of a rapist. I suppose that these two types of actions could result in a lot of demented characters. I admit that the sequence of events are kinda' weird. Huppert won the Golden Globe for best actress and was Oscar nominated for best actress. I suspect that she is the most prolific French actress still working.

Nov 23, 2017

The movie is a thriller by being weird. Whatever action, either criminal or sexual, it is deviant. Characters in the movie are like those in video games, a reflection of evil fantasies.

The history and talent of Huppert is the only value that carries this movie.

Once again, the viewer is asked to accept misogyny and the violent rape of a woman as campy art-house and thrilling. In this, almost every female character is depicted as grotesque in some way, incapable of love, or of being loved. While the violent rape scene gets mirrored by an equally vile video game, the plot insinuates a victim (non-reactive to her injuries), fanatasizing and plotting for more of the same. None of this is thrilling or complex, just rubbish. Besides that we also have to endure banal conversation, lacking in intelligence.

Nov 02, 2017

Have to admit that for some to me unknown reason this film "got me". It had its speed, mystery and tore me apart for whether to like or dislike the main character. It was disturbing and yet fascinating film. Isabelle Huppert excelled in her role.
I could not help to judge the main character for she lacked emotions, morals, was cold and arrogant. On the other hand I was fascinated by her indifference to pain and suffering and her strength.
I think it was very well done psychological film and worth watching.

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