Elle reviews


Elle, 25 October, 2017 8pm

Fra/Ger/Bel, 2016, Dir: Paul Verhoeven, Crime/Drama/Thriller, 130 mins (18).

Elle is a film about a successful businesswoman who gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the man who raped her.

Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Previous credits include: Black Book (2006), Hollow Man (2000), Starship Troopers (1997), Basic Instinct (1992), Total Recall (1990) and RoboCop (1987).

Based on the novel "Oh..." by Philippe Djian.

The film has so far won 39 international awards with a further 34 nominations.

It was filmed in France, mainly in Paris. It is in French, with subtitles.

The estimated budget was €9m.

Filming began in January 2015. Due to the Paris bombings, the shooting schedule had to be adapted and one scene had to be moved to another date. Shooting took over three months, twelve weeks particularly intense according to Isabelle Huppert and Paul Verhoeven.

The initial plan was to produce the movie in the United States, but there were problems finding a female lead. Nicole Kidman, Sharon Stone, Julianne Moore and Diane Lane were offered the role, but they all passed on the opportunity.

"With her steely hauteur, Isabelle Huppert is utterly arresting in Paul Verhoeven’s provocative film. No other actor could have pulled it off."
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (*****)

"Isabelle Huppert chills in a troublingly funny, subversively chic rape-revenge thriller."
Robbie Collin, The Telegraph (****)