Dir. Paul Verhoeven. France, 2016. 2h 11m. French/subs. Starring Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling, Virginie Efira.
After being attacked in her own home by a masked intruder, Michèle sets out to uncover the identity of her assailant in a thrilling game of cat-and-mouse. This bold and morally ambiguous drama features an astonishing central performance from Huppert. Paul Verhoeven’s savage comedy of bourgeois manners is one of the most provocative and gripping releases of the year.
‘Huppert's magnificent performance glazes everything with mystery and is an essential flavour for its dark and sulphurous absurdity.’ ★★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
‘There is not a single moment in the entire movie in which we are able to guess what [Huppert] will do next -- and that's what makes Elle such a wild and surprising ride.’ ★★★★★ Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent