Sequoia 2 Fri, Oct 7, 2016 9:00 PM
Sequoia 2 Wed, Oct 12, 2016 12:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:130 min.
Director:Paul Verhoeven
Producer:Saïd Ben Saïd
Michel Merkt
Screenwriter:David Birke
Cinematographer:Stéphane Fontaine
Editor:Job ter Burg
Cast:Isabelle Huppert
Laurent Lafitte
Anne Consigny
Charles Berling
Virginie Efira
Christian Berkel
Print Source:Sony Pictures Classics
Note Writer:Pam Grady


Yuletide in Paris is anything but merry for video game CEO Michèle (Isabelle Huppert) in Paul Verhoeven’s (Black Book) astute, indelible psychological thriller, and portrait of a woman living in the shadow of childhood trauma. The victim of a brutal sexual assault (depicted in Elle’s opening scenes), Michèle goes on with her life as if nothing has happened, not even reporting the crime to the police. But as we mine her traumatic past, it becomes apparent why she has become an expert at compartmentalizing and bottling up emotions. When at last she discovers her attacker’s identity, she makes moves to reclaim her life. Elle is Verhoeven at the top of his game, delivering a film that is, in turns, violent, suspenseful, and darkly humorous. Showcasing Huppert’s tremendous talent, Verhoeven delivers his unique brand of acerbic wit and 21st-century social commentary for the technological age.

With support from The Consulate General of France and FACS

Additional Information

Director Paul Verhoeven is one of the most provocative storytellers creating films today. His work reflects uncompromising vision, fascination with life's moral dilemmas and honest depictions of ‘sex and violence.’ In a career spanning over 50 years, highlights include Turkish Delight (1973), Flesh+Blood (1985), Robocop (1987), Total Recall (1990), Basic Instinct (1992), Black Book (2006) and his latest, Elle (2016).