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Michèle (Isabelle Huppert) has both feet firmly on the ground. She is the head of a successful company for the development of video games, which she manages with sometimes undercooled precision. Meèle knows what she wants and she enforces it, whether she makes enemies with it or not. But when she is attacked and raped one day in her house, her life is thrown completely out of joint. On the outside she is almost frighteningly indifferent to what has happened. But inside she is driven by a desire for revenge. When she locates her attacker, she begins a dangerous game that threatens to get out of control at any time… >.nbsp; e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e  .nbsp; e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e  .nbsp;  sp;
"Elle" is not the film one would expect from a story about rape and revenge. Paul Verhoeven, known for his biting, enigmatic humor, has staged a vicious thriller that surprises with its use of deep black, sometimes very subtle humor and frees both perpetrators and victims from any moralization. What has emerged from this is disturbingly amusing, completely unadapted and 100% politically incorrect. The big trick is that Verhoeven doesn't let the story become a farce and her characters don't degenerate into completely overdrawn characters. Rather, he succeeds in making Michèle and every single step of her actions appear credible.
As so often Verhoeven lets the greatest malice pelt down on the viewer almost incidentally - whenever you don't expect it. In short sentences, the figures you think you have seen through suddenly appear in a whole new light. That concerns above all a character - whom exactly, that is not to be betrayed here of course. Just this much: How Verhoeven tears open an incredibly deep abyss in one sentence around this person, who has been portrayed in a completely different way until now, is simply grandiose.
"Elle" is a great production, but also excellently played, especially by Isabelle Huppert, who was awarded a Golden Globe for her role quite rightly. The film is not for the morally delicate and certainly not for people who are sexually inhibited. But if you want to look into the depths of the human soul in a surprising and wonderfully evil way, you should not miss this masterful thriller. Absolutely worth seeing!
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