Directed by Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, Show Girls) Elle stars Isabelle Huppert as a fifty-something business woman, attacked and raped in her own home.
‘‘Michèle (who) seems indestructible. Head of a leading 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.’’
Elle, based on the French novel “Oh’’ by Philippe Djian, is currently in theaters now. For today’s Slacker Sunday post, instead of a video, I’ve got a podcast featuring a fascinating conversation with Isabelle Huppert at the Landmark, one of LA’s favorite places to see independent, not exactly mainstream movies.
Below that a smattering of opening lines from the reviews the film is getting. I've been working on my own project lately, barely having time to write my daily posts so I've got a big backlog of movies based on books I need to get to. This is one of them.
I'll be sharing this with Paulita Kincer's Dreaming of France meme
Beautifully made with exquisite taste and eye for detail, “Elle” is pretty, but it can’t be described as a pleasure to watch.
A masterpiece of suave perversity, the movie leads its audience through a meticulously constructed maze of ambiguity, scrambling our assumptions and expectations at every turn.
A. O. Scott
Isabelle Huppert delivers a standout performance as a woman turning the tables on her attacker in the controversial director’s electrifying and provocative comeback.
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.