Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny. France/Germany/Belgium 2016. 131 mins. French with English subtitles.

Europe’s most flamboyantly confrontational
director and its most fearless actress come together in this provocative drama, a career high for both. When divorced businesswoman Michèle (Huppert) is sexually assaulted by a masked man in her own home, she refuses to tell the police. Instead she takes matters into her own hands, and what seems at first to be a simple home-invasion whodunnit blossoms into a complex, powerful character study that sends genre clichés and conventions flying. Verhoeven and Huppert exercise their fierce intelligence, the director by committing totally to the film’s uncompromising premise, the star by pushing herself further than ever before. If Hitchcock were around today, he would be impressed and amused. In Elle his arch, perverse spirit most definitely lives on.

General admission screenings

Wed 29th Mar
16.00 21.25
Thu 30th Mar
13.40 21.10
Fri 31st Mar
Sat 1st Apr
14.55 19.10
Sun 2nd Apr
Mon 3rd Apr
16.10 21.25
Tue 4th Apr
13.15 21.20
Wed 5th Apr
16.00 21.20
Thu 6th Apr

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