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C’est Moi Sang Froid

March 25, 2017

Paul Verhoeven’s Elle comes at us like a twisted version of Luis Bunuel’s The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie. Luckily, he’s assisted in his effort by the performance of his star, Isabelle Huppert. Huppert is as much the auteur of this film as the director. As the film veers from heartbreaking tragedy to comedy to dark social satire, it brazenly defies expectation, unwilling to ever be pc.

Huppert’s performance brings clarity to the proceedings even when Verhoeven loses his way. And that’s no small feat considering that she’s called upon to portray a complex array of psychological shadings, challenged at every turn to not make her Michèle a victim.

Elle is more a provocation than a film, pushing lots of buttons as it weaves its web of moral ambiguity. It leaves you hot, it leaves you cold, it often leaves you perplexed. But every time I was inclined to avert my eyes, Huppert kept me riveted to the screen, holding the film’s center, a screen performance that’s nonpareil.

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2 Comments
  1. Barbara Rich permalink

    She is quite amazing in everything she does. But I am just not quite elastic enough these days to take this journey with her at this time.

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  2. Norman Bloom permalink

    I liked Elle quite a lot…Christina did not, at all. I agree with your take…pc be damned.

    On Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 7:19 PM, f/stop Fitzgerald wrote:

    > Ray/Man posted: “Paul Verhoeven’s Elle comes at us like a twisted version > of Luis Bunuel’s The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie. Luckily, he’s > assisted in his effort by the performance of his star, Isabelle Huppert. > Huppert is as much the auteur of this film as the direc” >

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