April 6: Elle

Thursday Apr. 6 @ 7:00 pm / GALAXY CINEMAS / Sault Ste. Marie

Director: Paul Verhoeven
France/Germany/Belgium 2016
French with English subtitles  / 131 minutes
Rating: R (for violence involving sexual assault, disturbing sexual content, some grisly images, brief graphic nudity, and language)

Perennial provocateur Paul Verhoeven’s latest offering is sure to have audiences squirming. A high-powered businesswoman, Michèle (Isabelle Huppert) seems indestructible. After being raped she returns to her normal routine, apparently unaffected. But the brutal sexual assault elicits both dreams of revenge and erotic
fantasies. Huppert’s ascetic approach to her portrayal of Michèle is
masterful as she navigates the hectic labyrinth of her life like a ship
cutting through thick fog. A film that is likely to stay with you long
after the credits roll.

High-risk material yields unexpected rewards in this remarkable rape-
revenge drama, a possible career high for Paul Verhoeven.

Guy Lodge, Variety

Elle is a mysterious puzzle, not mainly about whodunit plot points, but the far more titillating question of who people truly are and what they’re capable of. Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Huppert is phenomenal in her most unnerving performance since Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher. Ty Burr, Boston Globe