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Paul Verhoeven
France 2016 / 130’
Cemetery of Splendour Frantz

Michèle Leblanc, a successful and charismatic head of a video game company, is raped in her own home. Instead of meekly playing the role of victim, Michèle finds her attacker and plays a perverse game with him-with an unexpected finale. An adaptation of Philippe Djian's popular novel, Paul Verhoeven's film turned out to be one of most acclaimed and most awarded titles from last year. Critics praised the film primarily for Verhoeven's directorial mastery, as he deftly combined elements of a thriller with those of a black comedy. The ubiquitous humor in Elle not only makes the story more interesting, but it also allows the director to ridicule bourgeois morality and its resulting conventional take on male-female relationships. Thanks to a bold performance by Isabelle Huppert in the role of Michèle, Verhoeven'sfilm has also been interpreted as an ironic counterpoint to The Piano Teacher by Michael Haneke.

Piotr Czerkawski


Golden Globes 2017 – Best Foreign Language Film, Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert), Cesar 2017 – Best Film, Best Actrss (Isabelle Huppert), Austin Film Critics Association 2016 – Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert), Goya Awards 2017 – Best Foreign Film

Paul Verhoeven

Born in Amsterdam in 1938, Paul Verhoeven is a director, screenwriter, and producer. His films explore themes of violence, desire, and the power of social conventions. His second feature film, Turkish Delight (1973), was nominated for an Oscar. Since the mid-1980s, he has worked alternately in his native Netherlands and in Hollywood. His films include a number of high-budget blockbusters, including RoboCopTotal Recall, and Basic Instinct.

Selected filmography

1973 Tureckie owoce / Turks fruit / Turkish Delight

1987 RoboCop

1990 Pamięć absolutna / Total Recall

1992 Nagi instynkt / Basic Instinct

1995 Showgirls

Cast & Crew

director Paul Verhoeven
screenplay David Birke (based on a novel by Philippe Djian)
cinematography Stéphane Fontaine
editing Job ter Burg
music Anne Dudley
cast Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny
producer Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt
production SBS Productions, Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion GmbH, France 2 Cinéma, Entre Chien et Loup
Polish distributor UIP
language French
colouration colour