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Elle (2016)

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A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.

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Paul Verhoeven

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Philippe Djian (novel), David Birke (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 66 wins & 84 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Michèle
Laurent Lafitte ... Patrick (as Laurent Lafitte de la Comédie Française)
Anne Consigny ... Anna
Charles Berling ... Richard
Virginie Efira ... Rebecca
Judith Magre ... Irène
Christian Berkel ... Robert
Jonas Bloquet ... Vincent
Alice Isaaz ... Josie
Vimala Pons ... Hélène
Raphaël Lenglet ... Ralf
Arthur Mazet Arthur Mazet ... Kevin
Lucas Prisor ... Kurt
Hugo Conzelmann Hugo Conzelmann ... Philipp Kwan
Stéphane Bak ... Omar
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Storyline

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 SBS Productions

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An Oscar-worthy performance from Isabelle Huppert! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence involving sexual assault, disturbing sexual content, some grisly images, brief graphic nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Germany | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oh! See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,934, 13 November 2016

Gross USA:

$2,341,534

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,748,594
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

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Brilliantly Gripping
22 May 2016 | by ryan-eden-1994See all my reviews

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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