Isabelle Huppert commands the screen throughout “Elle”. Her character, Michele, owns a video game company. She’s also the daughter of a serial killer.
And she’s been raped, but decides not to report it as her father’s crimes have already brought her into the public eye, with negative results.
I thought this would be unbelievable difficult to watch. Horrible scenes play into deep fears.
But this is Paul Verhoeven – I am not a fan – so “Elle” is never less than stylish and detailed, even when it’s nasty.
It’s in French, but the English subtitles are very good.
There are lots of great performances here, but Huppert manages to outshine them all. She is an extraordinary actress and lifts what should be voyeuristic and sad to the realm of artistry.
Based on the 2012 novel “Oh” by Philippe Djian, the film’s themes explore power, revenge and relationships.
A very-full Stratford East Picturehouse audience seemed far more relaxed than I was about viewing this.
I jumped a few times.
If you have a strong stomach for violence, Huppert’s performance is worth seeing. I’m very glad I didn’t see it late at night as it would have given me nightmares.
Stunning apartments, beautiful outdoor locations and fabulous clothing all feature here.
There are a few holes in the plot. Describing those would give too many spoilers, but I’d welcome a chance to discuss them with others who have seen it.