I was privileged to attend the UK premiere of Paul Verhoeven’s new film Elle with the amazing Isabelle Huppert.
A world away from Total Recall, Showgirls or Robocop, this is a complicated and nuanced character study about a woman who is violently raped by a masked assailant in her own home. How she responds to the attack, to her son, her lover, her parents, her work and friends gradually reveals a troubled yet strong and bold woman.
Huppert’s character is unpredictable and complete and the film is by turns tense, uncomfortable, and even in places funny. Apparently no US actress would touch the provocative and controversial role. It has just been picked up for a UK release in February 2017.