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OT: Elle

Paul Verhoeven // France, Germany, Belgium, 2016
Fiction Feature // FF2016



Michèle (Isabelle Huppert) and a friend have a video game company. She has everything under control, is hard as nails and ruthlessly efficient. This doesn’t change even after a masked man forces his way in to her villa in the Paris suburbs and rapes her. Michèle doesn’t tell the police and only mentions it casually to friends at dinner. She has no intention of slipping into the role of victim. Quite the opposite. When she finds the man and identifies him, she forces him to play a sadistic game that could get out of control any minute. A woman stands up to male domination and violence and empowers herself: With nuance and unpredictability, Isabelle Huppert combines her character’s cold-bloodedness and icy matter-of-factness with wicked humour. Elle was shown in competition at Cannes and is Paul Verhoeven’s celebrated comeback, at the same time both disquieting and very entertaining.





Fiction Feature



France, Germany, Belgium


130 min

OV with German subtitles

Paul Verhoeven

David Birke basierend auf dem Roman "Oh..." von Philippe Djian

Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Christian Berkel, Charles Berling, Virginie Efira

Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt, Thanassis Karathanos, Diana Elbaum

Stéphane Fontaine

Job ter Burg

Anne Dudley

Laurent Ott

MFA+ FilmDistribution

SBS International

SBS Productions; Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion; Entre chien et loup

Sarah Borch-Jacobsen, SBS International: s.borchjacobsen@sbs-productions.com

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