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About the Movie
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 that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 194
- Fresh: 175
- Rotten: 19
- Average Rating: 8.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Huppert is phenomenal in her most unnerving performance since Michael Haneke's "The Piano Teacher."
Fresh: Elle's moral ambiguity and controversial content are its strengths.
Fresh: Elle is clean, deep, and uncomfortable.
Fresh: Like its heroine, the film shocks by lunging back and forth between comedy and tragedy.
Worth seeing for her performance
Not easy subject matter, but like Nocturnal Animals, certainly leaves you thinking about the human psyche. Isabelle Hubbert's performance was incredible - nuanced, seductive, and frightening in its depth. Certainly makes a statement on misogyny, and how women respond to it.
A vaguely witty parody of film morality and expectation. (spoiler) a woman is raped but it turns out she kinda liked it, but the moral issue is then confirmed by the accidental death of rapist. Ironic! The idiot son of rapee represents correct moral orientation and of course is deluded. A christian is made a fool of but in the end it turns out she understood everything. Expectation subverted again! To what purpose? Perhaps conjure a sense of entertainments pointless moral assumptions. Why do we watch rapes on film? Isn't violence part of fun? Why are christians always silly in movies? Why do we crave moral confirmation in film when it doesn't exist in life? These issues are lazily suggested. The film shocks by cooly dispensing with ethical assumptions and leaves you in agitated boredom. Its not the first film to try this key. Being a highly admired style, it will not be the last.
Amazing acting. Great twist st end. Kept me on the edge of my seat.