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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
Despite being a co-production between France and Germany and having subsequently been selected as the French entry for the Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes, the film was actually entered into the Cannes Film Festival as representing the Netherlands (director Paul Verhoeven is Dutch). Festival director Thierry Frémaux revealed in his published journal covering the 2016 selection that this was done so the film's participation in the competition could be confirmed to the producers ahead of time. Due to festival regulations, international films can be selected or rejected on a case-by-case basis at any time, while French films have to be chosen the day before the official program announcement, once all the potential candidates have been screened by the selection committee. See more »
The number plate of Richard's car when he parks outside Michele's house is different from when she looks out of the window at his car. The same number plate is seen near the end of the film on Vincent's car. See more »
So suddenly you're throwing a Christmas party?
I thought it'd be good to get know each other better. She's lovely, by the way.
Another of your traps?
I have better things to do than plot diabolical Christmas dinners.
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Seen at the Viennale 2016: As usual, a perfect performance by the great actress Huppert. She might be the main reason for people flocking to this (rather unnecessary) movie anyway. I guess, also Verhoeven and Birke could trust upon Huppert, that somehow she will rescue the overloaded plot. And yes, she did. Good enough, that it is entertaining enough to watch her. Apart from Huppert's acting I liked how sexual lust was shown. There was a kind of truthfulness in it that is missing in 99% of all other love movies. Sexual interest needs common sexual fantasies. A fact that is neglected by pure romantic love movies too often.
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