During his 50th birthday party thrown by his wife, Remco's life takes a turn for the worse. His business partners are scheming behind his back to sell him out and his former mistress shows up pregnant.
Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
Isabelle and Gérard go to a strange appointment in Death Valley, California. They have not seen each other for years and are here to answer to an invitation from their son Michael, a ... See full summary »
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.Written by
This project was initially suggested to Paul Verhoeven by producer Saïd Ben Saïd, with Verhoeven handing over screenwriting duties to American screenwriter David Birke. Verhoeven planned on moving the film's location from France to the United States, which would have made this his first U.S.-set film since Hollow Man (2000). However, after a number of American actresses turned down the lead role, he cast French actress Isabelle Huppert instead, and ultimately retained the film's original Paris location. See more »
After her car crashed against trees, her cell phone and bag remained unmoved in the seat at her side. The airbag deployed indicating the crash was not light, and her objects must be fallen. See more »
Elle is a French psychological thriller that explores the life of a businesswoman who is involved in the production of a video game, however; the film also involves the establishment of a rapist. In amongst these main topics are a number of different subsidiary story lines involving family members of the businesswoman.
If there is one thing that I will take from this film, it's the use of convoluted plot that so brilliantly grips an audience. Elle also managed to apply humour to serious topics.
In short, Philippe Djian created a gripping story that has been excellently portrayed by Paul Verhoeven on the big screen. A great effort.
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