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.
Elle (French for “she” or “her”) is a French-German-Belgian psychological thriller directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by David Birke, based on the novel Oh… by Philippe Djian, and starring Isabelle Huppert. The film tells the story of a businesswoman, Michèle (Isabelle Huppert), who is raped in her home by an unknown assailant and stalks him back.
It is Verhoeven’s first feature film in ten years after his 2006 film Black Book, and his first in French language. The film premiered in competition for the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival where it received critical acclaim. Elle was subsequently selected as the French entry for the Best Foreign Language film at the 89th Academy Awards.
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling, Virginie Efira, Alice Isaaz, Vimala Pons, Jonas Bloquet
Screenplay by: David Birke
Production Design by: Laurent Ott
Cinematography by: Stéphane Fontaine
Film Editing by: Job ter Burg
Costume Design by: Nathalie Raoul
Music by: Anne Dudley
MPAA Rating: R for violence involving sexual assault, disturbing sexual content, some grisly images, brief graphic nudity, and language.
Release Date: November 11, 2016