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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

Writers:

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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Thrilling, exhilarating and original! 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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Details

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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Dolby Digital | Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Richard: So suddenly you're throwing a Christmas party?
Michèle Leblanc: I thought it'd be good to get know each other better. She's lovely, by the way.
Richard: Another of your traps?
Michèle Leblanc: I have better things to do than plot diabolical Christmas dinners.
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mixed bag
30 October 2016 | by qeterSee all my reviews

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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