ELLE

by Paul Verhoeven
ELLE

Informations

Nation: France, Germany

Year: 2016

Length: 130'

34° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

Nothing can escape Michèle’s control: the company she runs, a leader in producing software for videogames; her relations with her employees; her social network; her family routine and friendships. A mechanism which has been well-oiled by years of impeccably managing every situation, from which any signs of weakness or flaws are banned. Until one evening, on her way home, Michèle is attacked by a stranger. This brutal act will prove to have many unexpected, emotional consequences. [mp]

Director

Paul Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1938) graduated in physics and mathematics. He then enrolled in the navy, where he began to shoot military documentaries. He worked with the television and then made the popular medieval television series, Floris (1969). His first films, which also introduced the actor Rutger Hauer, aroused a certain interest in Europe because of their erotic power. After the success of The Fourth Man he moved to the United States, where his films include RoboCop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct and Hollow Man. Back in Europe, he participated in competition at Venice Film Festival with Black Book.

Filmography:
Floris (tv, 1969), Wat zien ik? (Gli strani amori di quelle signore, 1971), Turks fruit (Fiore di carne, 1973), Keetje Tippel (Kitty Tippel… quelle notti passate sulla strada, 1975), Soldaat van Oranje (Soldato d’Orange, 1977), Spetters (Spruzzi, 1980), De vierde man (Il quarto uomo, 1983), Flesh & Blood (L’amore e il sangue, 1985), RoboCop (id., 1987), Total Recall (Atto di forza, 1990), Basic Instinct (id., 1992), Showgirls (id., 1995), Starship Troopers (Starship Troopers - Fanterie nello spazio, 1997), Hollow Man (L’uomo senza ombra, 2000), Zwartboek (Black Book, 2006), Steekspel (2012).

Cast and Credits

regia/director
Paul Verhoeven
soggetto/story
dal romanzo/from the novel Oh… di/by Philippe Djian
sceneggiatura/screenplay
David Birke
fotografia/cinematography
Stéphane Fontaine
montaggio/film editing
Jobter Burg
scenografia/production design
Laurent Ott
costumi/costume design
Nathalie Raoul
musica/music
Anne Dudley
suono/sound
Jean-Paul Mugel, Alexis Place, Katia Boutin, Cyril Holtz
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Isabelle Huppert (Michèle), Laurent Lafitte (Patrick), Anne Consigny (Anna), Charles Berling (Richard), Virginie Efira (Rebecca), Christian Berkel (Robert), Judith Magre (Irène), Jonas Bloquet (Vincent), Alice Isaaz (Josie), Vimala Pons (Hélène), Raphaël Lenglet (Ralf), Arthur Mazet (Kevin), Lucas Prisor (Kurt), Hugo Conzelmann (Phillip Kwan), Stéphane Bak (Omar)
produttori/producers
Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt
coproduttori/coproducers
Thanassis Karathanos, Kate Merkt, Diana Elbaum, Sébastien Delloye, François Touwaide


contatti/contacts
SBS productions
Kevin Chneiweiss
k.chneiweiss@sbs-productions.com
www.sbs-distribution.fr

Director statement

“When Isabelle Huppert saw the movie, that was one of the things she said to me: ‘The most interesting aspect is the perpetual ambiguity.’ She’s right, it’s always ambiguous. It’s hard to completely grasp this woman. Everything is fluctuating, strands intertwine... I had already done that in other movies, particularly Total Recall – in a totally different genre – by combining dream and reality. At the end, you’re not sure what to think. It’s unclear. I like keeping options open. Just like in life, you never know what’s hiding behind a smile. Or not.”

Synopsis Learn more

Nothing can escape Michèle’s control: the company she runs, a leader in producing software for videogames; her relations with her employees; her social network; her family routine and friendships. A mechanism which has been well-oiled by years of impeccably managing every situation, from which any signs of weakness or flaws are banned. Until one evening, on her way home, Michèle is attacked by a stranger. This brutal act will prove to have many unexpected, emotional consequences. [mp]

Director All about direction

Paul Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1938) graduated in physics and mathematics. He then enrolled in the navy, where he began to shoot military documentaries. He worked with the television and then made the popular medieval television series, Floris (1969). His first films, which also introduced the actor Rutger Hauer, aroused a certain interest in Europe because of their erotic power. After the success of The Fourth Man he moved to the United States, where his films include RoboCop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct and Hollow Man. Back in Europe, he participated in competition at Venice Film Festival with Black Book.

Filmography:
Floris (tv, 1969), Wat zien ik? (Gli strani amori di quelle signore, 1971), Turks fruit (Fiore di carne, 1973), Keetje Tippel (Kitty Tippel… quelle notti passate sulla strada, 1975), Soldaat van Oranje (Soldato d’Orange, 1977), Spetters (Spruzzi, 1980), De vierde man (Il quarto uomo, 1983), Flesh & Blood (L’amore e il sangue, 1985), RoboCop (id., 1987), Total Recall (Atto di forza, 1990), Basic Instinct (id., 1992), Showgirls (id., 1995), Starship Troopers (Starship Troopers - Fanterie nello spazio, 1997), Hollow Man (L’uomo senza ombra, 2000), Zwartboek (Black Book, 2006), Steekspel (2012).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia/director
Paul Verhoeven
soggetto/story
dal romanzo/from the novel Oh… di/by Philippe Djian
sceneggiatura/screenplay
David Birke
fotografia/cinematography
Stéphane Fontaine
montaggio/film editing
Jobter Burg
scenografia/production design
Laurent Ott
costumi/costume design
Nathalie Raoul
musica/music
Anne Dudley
suono/sound
Jean-Paul Mugel, Alexis Place, Katia Boutin, Cyril Holtz
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Isabelle Huppert (Michèle), Laurent Lafitte (Patrick), Anne Consigny (Anna), Charles Berling (Richard), Virginie Efira (Rebecca), Christian Berkel (Robert), Judith Magre (Irène), Jonas Bloquet (Vincent), Alice Isaaz (Josie), Vimala Pons (Hélène), Raphaël Lenglet (Ralf), Arthur Mazet (Kevin), Lucas Prisor (Kurt), Hugo Conzelmann (Phillip Kwan), Stéphane Bak (Omar)
produttori/producers
Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt
coproduttori/coproducers
Thanassis Karathanos, Kate Merkt, Diana Elbaum, Sébastien Delloye, François Touwaide


contatti/contacts
SBS productions
Kevin Chneiweiss
k.chneiweiss@sbs-productions.com
www.sbs-distribution.fr

Director statement Read more

“When Isabelle Huppert saw the movie, that was one of the things she said to me: ‘The most interesting aspect is the perpetual ambiguity.’ She’s right, it’s always ambiguous. It’s hard to completely grasp this woman. Everything is fluctuating, strands intertwine... I had already done that in other movies, particularly Total Recall – in a totally different genre – by combining dream and reality. At the end, you’re not sure what to think. It’s unclear. I like keeping options open. Just like in life, you never know what’s hiding behind a smile. Or not.”