Elle (2016)

Plot: A successful business women is attacked and raped in her own home. Traumatised, she searches for the man who changed her life forever.

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Virginie Efira, Anne Consigny.

Isabelle Huppert is the best thing about this film. Without her, it wouldn’t have worked. She carried the film, alone, with a supportive cast. This is the first time I have seen her in anything but I thought her performance was flawless, even if I did find her character annoying. The rape scene isn’t too difficult to watch because it’s told in snippets. The part that really annoyed me about the character is after she finds out who her rapist is. Her actions are stupid and just makes things worse, especially for her son. I didn’t think she was very smart towards the end of the film. She deliberately put herself in danger.

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The reveal of who the rapist is isn’t too surprising. I think I sort of guessed it. It didn’t need to be a shock though. The film didn’t rely on being shocking. It was just a film about revenge.

The best part about the film was how strong the main female character is. She doesn’t play the victim and just gets on with her life. Her strength is inspiring. It’s a film I would recommend to anyone. One thing I have left out though is the fact that it’s a French film but if this film appealed to you before finding that out then please still watch it because it is worth it. It’s a fantastic film and the subtitles don’t matter once you get into it. It really bothers me when people say they’re put off by subtitles because you miss out on so many great experiences by boycotting foreign films.

A Brilliant foreign film!



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