Watch: New US Trailer for Paul Verhoeven's 'Elle' with Isabelle Huppert

August 31, 2016
Source: Yahoo

Paul Verhoeven's Elle

"Nutjobs, I can handle. My specialty." Sony Classics has debuted an official US trailer for Paul Verhoeven's latest film, a shocking but remarkable thriller called Elle, starring French actress Isabelle Huppert as the head of a video game company. The plot, and I'm not even exaggerating, involves her being raped in her own home by a masked intruder. She tries to figure out who it was and hunt him down, in return, and teach him a lesson. Also featuring Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling, Virginie Efira, Judith Magre and Christian Berkel. I saw this film at the Cannes Film Festival when it first premiered and it's fantastic - dark and devious and kind of messed up, but actually really fun and funny. Huppert is totally amazing and kicks ass in this role. It's sure to spark some controversy, but it's also a damn fine film. Enjoy.

Here's the official US trailer (+ international poster) for Paul Verhoeven's Elle, originally from Yahoo:

Paul Verhoeven's Elle

Michèle (Huppert) seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle's life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game – a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control. Elle is directed by Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, of The 4th Man, RoboCop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Showgirls, Starship Troopers, Hollow Man, Black Book and Tricked previously. The screenplay is written by David Birke, based on the novel by Philippe Djian. The film first premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Sony Classics will release Verhoeven's Elle in select US theaters starting October 14th this fall. Thoughts?

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The trailer didn't hold my interest. I read many negative reviews from French critics. I prefer in the same genre The Brave One. We can relate to the victim, and empathize with her. Maybe it's because Jody is a better actress?

tarek on Aug 31, 2016


I think that script is bad. I. Huppert is much better actress than Jody Foster. Jody is mediocre actress but has her moments, I don't deny them at all. I. Huppert is just having bad project in this ...

shiboleth on Aug 31, 2016


I believe it's bad writing, and maybe an uninspired direction.

tarek on Aug 31, 2016


Remains to be seen, tarek, remains to be seen. Hopefully, some surprises just might come along. I certainly wouldn't mind ...

shiboleth on Sep 1, 2016


I wouldn't mind too, but honestly, the story sounds deja vu. I hope i am wrong.

tarek on Sep 1, 2016


Well, a lot of stories do sound deja vu, tarek, I believe what is worth how they are done. And that's what we don't know enough about this and in that respect let's hope we'll find out that it's good, huh?

shiboleth on Sep 2, 2016


I agree. Most works are but reinterpretations of previous works. Just like every music is but a rearrangement of the same 7 notes. some move you and some fail. It's mysterious how our brain works...

tarek on Sep 2, 2016


I agree...I stopped watching 3/4 through. Doesn't look all that interesting and to I agree that Jody is an incredible actress.

Dr. Dobb on Aug 31, 2016


Which one of her performance has left a mark on you?

tarek on Aug 31, 2016


Isabell Huppert strikes me as the kind of actress a really pretentious person would praise especially when comparing them to someone as accomplished and skilled as Jodie Foster. Like someone trying way too hard to seem "in the know" or "not mainstream".

Dr. Dobb on Aug 31, 2016


I thought the same thing about your absurd dismissal of Foster. See how that works? LOL

Dr. Dobb on Sep 1, 2016



Dr. Dobb on Sep 1, 2016


I grew up watching French movies. But I was never a Hupert fan. I prefer Nathalie Baye and Fanny Ardant. But to be honest, I admire more male actors. Yves Montand, Michel Piccoli, Lino Ventura, Jean Gabin, Michel Blanc, Michel Galabru, etc.

tarek on Aug 31, 2016


If I don't like red headed women? Au contraire! I melt down when I see a red headed girl. and you can tell that to my wife, she knows it, and doesn't trust them for that. ;D Well, I wasn't talking about physical appearance, but about acting. Alas, in the cinema industry, there is no place for ugly faces, even if they shine in acting. Blame us, shameful males.

tarek on Sep 1, 2016


Of course not. Isabelle is very "belle". ;D What I meant is, The guys who are in charge of the cinema industry never give a chance to actresses with a so-so face. Actresses need to be pin ups to be in the A-list.

tarek on Sep 1, 2016


Yves Montand was at least in two wonderful movies you have probably seen, and if not, then you have to catch up now! ;D The wages of fear. Jean de Florette (part 1) & Manon des sources (part 2).

tarek on Sep 1, 2016


[ hanging my head in shame] Not yet. I read about it though. thanks for the head up. i just checked its trailer, and it was...How should I say that...AMAZING! How did I miss this gem? Friedkin, Roy Scheider, an astounding cinematography and sets. I have to buy the blu-ray now! ;D

tarek on Sep 1, 2016


Okeydokey. I'll do it. ;D

tarek on Sep 1, 2016


I don't trust those French critics, neither should you... 😉

Alex Billington on Aug 31, 2016


Why don't you trust French critics Alex? Do you find them too presumptuous? Well...French invented this word, so they master it. ;D

tarek on Sep 1, 2016


I like I. Huppert but I think this is done poorly. The trailer is confusing and the whole story does not look quite original. Maybe, there will be some interesting and normal twist on the end. Different from deviant ones like those in US when them main protagonist become a psychotic maniac ...

shiboleth on Aug 31, 2016


Just partially Bo, I think you got me wrong with this one since I have no problem with I. Huppert whatsoever, it's quite contrary. And I do hope I'll be proven wrong. But this trailer got me confused. Still, I really expect to see the film and to pass, hopefully, a better judgment on it. 'Satirical and dark comedy' you say? Yes, that might work and with that perspective it looks much better. So, Bo, don't worry. We all sometimes judge things and films before we actually see and know more about it ...

shiboleth on Sep 1, 2016


What else can I add to this, Bo, but agree with you. And wait with you to find out that this is, after all, a good film. Hopefully ...

shiboleth on Sep 2, 2016


Well, mr. Billington definitely might know something about good movies, so we're in this together. Later ...

shiboleth on Sep 3, 2016


This going to go to 11 so freaking fast...DIG!!!

DAVIDPD on Aug 31, 2016


This looks really mediocre. Verhoeven was once an amazing film maker. Sad.

Dr. Dobb on Aug 31, 2016


I can assure you, having actually seen the film, that it is not mediocre. Give it a shot.

Alex Billington on Aug 31, 2016

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