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Elle



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Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
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Cast: Isabelle Huppert
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Genre: Action, Thriller
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Plot: The successful CEO (Isabelle Huppert) of a video game company tries to learn the identity of the man who raped her.

Review:

I do have a long term relationships with French Movies. European cinema in general tells the stories in a different way, they are usually slow paced, not high aestheticism, like normal lives stories which develop in long space of times, without telling much, no drama, not high emotions, but always, always memorable performances.

Isabelle Huppert is one of the experts in this list, Charlotte Rampling, Juliette Binoche are some of the actress who are incredible in this same style. You don't see an external difference in their characters, but the way the perform is where the impact is. The Plot description is quite simple, and you could confuse it with a normal thriller where she is going into a horrifying process and even the posters could suggest it as a suspense thriller. It isn't.

The movie begins with the rape scene, which you don't see at the beginning, but you will watch it again and again over the curse of it. The movie is an experiment of how twisted lives can be under the surface of every person and as a viewer won't know what to make of it. The protagonist, is the daughter of a serial killer, who got caught when she was a child and how this marked her life, and how she build it about it. Divorcee, with a son that is not the most smart person in the world, everyone hates her at her job, she gets harassed online and disrespected in disturbing ways and she also gets raped. However, is not the cold blood you will see on her, is just the "moving on" attitude she has, is like she doesn't digest what happens, but just keep going, without evading it, a tiny bit of denial that last like a day, where she recognize how twisted she is too.

"Shame isn't a strong enough emotion to stop us from doing anything at all. Believe me."

Believe it or not, the movie has a happy ending. I can't believe this movie was Directed by the same man who directed Robo-Cop. So random.

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