Elle

Elle

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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TheSandoz
Aug 03, 2017

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

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Calvacade
Aug 03, 2017

Huppert is superb as usual. Complex character and intriguing plot.

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Maoisdead
Aug 01, 2017

" 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.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 01, 2017

Paul Verhoeven's French film "Elle" opens with a break in and a rape. Needless to say, this film is not for everyone. While lead actor Isabelle Huppert may signal classy art movie, the Dutch-born Verhoeven, lest you forget, directed "Robocop" and "Basic Instinct." And "Basic Instinct" may be the most relevant antecedent here, as this too is a twisted erotic thriller, albeit a much more ironic and nuanced one. It more glances at trashy genre films than embraces them and there's some family drama that the younger Verhoeven would've left out of his more over the top films. Going into this cold is probably the best way. Huppert is great and the film is dark and a little sick in the best possible way.

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uncommonreader
Jul 29, 2017

Huppert's acting was interesting to watch, but really, what was the point in making this film?

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empbee
Jul 14, 2017

A weird, psychologically interesting movie; not easy to watch. The mystery like development holds your attention. Isabelle Huppert is perfect.

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VonHafenstaaad
Jun 29, 2017

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.

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johnnybookreader
Jun 28, 2017

Here I kept waiting for this steaming heap to get good or at least interesting and then remembered it was a Paul Verhoven "effort". What a self-congratulatory, self-indulgent waste of my time.

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chriscoleman
Jun 28, 2017

This French film was described as a revenge film about a rape victim who stalks her rapist. It's not even close to that. It's actually pretty disgusting. Elle is a fifty-something divorcee who is having sexual relations with several men. She runs a company that trains video game designers to make violent sci-fi rape scenes as part of their video games and during class she berates the male students, completely emasculating them. On top of that, her father is a well-known murderer in prison for life and it is hinted at that she helped him murder some of those victims. She has so many enemies that people throw food at her when she dines in restaurants. One afternoon she is violently raped in her home. She does not report it to the police. She does not take HIV prevention drugs, claiming she can't miss a day of work. And she begins to fantasize about the rapist. When she thinks it's her neighbor she masturbates while watching him. This is about two-thirds of the way through the film and she still is not sure who raped her. By then I was grossed out and sick of watching. Not at all a revenge film. A sick rape fantasy of a very old woman.

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Parineeta
Jun 19, 2017

Strictly average film except for the acting of the lead actress Isabelle Huppert who definitely earned her Oscar nomination but certainly not a win. The film was heavily lauded during the 2016/2017 award season and I can only hope they were praising the audacity and fearlessness of Huppert to tackle such a complex character especially at her age. Other than that, this was just another excuse for the film industry to sadistically attack women (as always) and paint them as monsters (Josie), promiscuous (Michele and her mother), victims (Michele & her avatar from the video game) then proceed to make light of the situation. When will the misogyny end?

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