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2,667 Ratings


Directed by Paul Verhoeven
France, Germany, 2016
Drama, Thriller, Crime


When Michèle, the CEO of a gaming software company, is attacked in her home by an unknown assailant, she refuses to let it alter her precisely ordered life. She manages crises involving family, all the while becoming engaged in a game of cat and mouse with her stalker.

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Elle Directed by Paul Verhoeven

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Independent Spirit Awards

2017 | Winner: Best Female Lead

Brimming with razor-sharp dialogue, mostly delivered by Huppert with malicious glee, Elle busies itself with mocking middle-class problems such as parking, adultery, and ungracefully ageing parents. Verhoeven has cited The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Buñuel, 1972) as a key influence, and Elle similarly capitalises on the dramatic possibilities of the dinner-party scene.
June 22, 2017
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Verhoeven deftly sketches a social milieu that is part Chabrol (due to Huppert’s presence) and part Buñuel: under the pleasant façade of ‘sophisticated’ bourgeois manners lie perverse power games and secret double lives. Distinct from the more detached ‘ensemble view’ favoured by those directors, Verhoeven and his screenwriter tell this complex tale by closely observing the enigmatic, ever-surprising behaviour of Michèle, who is among the most memorable screen creations of the past decade.
March 03, 2017
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The movie both succumbs to and rises above the rhetorical positions and derision tossed at it, and delivers perhaps the year’s most biting satire, a film unafraid of its complexity and hard to pin-down characters and events.
February 10, 2017
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