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  • Starring: Anne Consigny, Charles Berling, Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte
  • Director: Paul Verhoeven
  • Genre(s): Drama, Thriller
  • Language: French
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 130 min.

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.

"The film is riotously funny, and Isabelle Huppert has never been better. "
- Ben Croll, TheWrap
"Elle is a gripping whodunit, a tour de force of psychological suspense and a wickedly droll comedy of manners."
- Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
"Verhoeven creates an elegant frame for his lead actress and lets her fill it, and what we end up with is Huppert’s best collaboration with a director since the death of Claude Chabrol. "
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Part thriller, part obsidian-black comedy, part cerebral firebomb, it’s confrontational, terrible and glorious. You almost can’t believe such a picture exists. "
- Stephanie Zacharek, Time
"Featuring a razor sharp performance from the incomparable Isabelle Huppert, Verhoeven’s latest effort is an expertly layered drama in which a successful woman experiences a rather unconventional midlife awakening. "
- Britt Hayes, ScreenCrush
"It’s a psychological thriller, a strangely dry-eyed melodrama, a kinky sex farce and, perhaps most provocatively, a savage comedy of bourgeois manners. Mostly, though — inarguably, I would say — it is a platform for the astonishing, almost terrifying talent of Isabelle Huppert. "
- A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"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, Variety