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Elle (18)

Elle (18)

Comedy, Drama, Thriller

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

The critical consensus

A complex film that sidesteps every cliché. Paul Verhoeven and Isabelle Huppert are at the top of their game.

*****Philip Kemp, Total Film, 06/03/2017

Huppert has always been good, but she’s never been better than this. Often shocking, surprisingly funny and strangely powerful, this is intense and fascinating.

****(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 06/03/2017

Teases the viewer with its every double-edged frame.

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Little White Lies, 07/03/2017

There is not a single moment in the entire movie in which we are able to guess what she will do next – and that’s what makes Elle such a wild and surprising ride.

*****Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 08/03/2017

It’s Huppert who deserves most credit for Elle’s success as a movie. Inscrutable and unpredictable, her psychologically nuanced performance doesn’t just withstand the film’s provocations: it pushes back against them, transforming Elle into a remarkable character study of someone unwilling to be defined by anyone or anything.

*****Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 09/03/2017

With her steely hauteur, Isabelle Huppert is utterly arresting in Paul Verhoeven’s provocative film. No other actor could have pulled it off.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 09/03/2017

Isabelle Huppert is astonishing as a rape victim who tracks down her assailant in Paul Verhoeven’s provocative psychodrama.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 12/03/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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