Elle

Elle

DVD - 2017 | French
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A successful businesswoman is caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down her rapist.
Audience: OFA Rating: 18A.
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Publisher: Culver City : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2017.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Elle
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (131 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm.
Language Note: In French dubbed in English with Chinese, English, English SDH, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai subtitles.
Described video for the visually impaired.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

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TheeAvebury
Feb 20, 2018

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

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VonHafenstaaad
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.

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Maoisdead
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.

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tj_is_cool
Jan 15, 2018

Horrible. All the characters are perverse and evil.

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Jalenridge
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'.

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voisjoe1_0
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.

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elpostino
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.

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Lucik32
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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Calvacade
Oct 25, 2017

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

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Nov 02, 2017

Lucik32 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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