Elle: Film Review

I didn’t originally have Elle on my list of films to see at the London Film Festival but I had heard so many good things about it, I had to try and catch a screening and I’m so glad I did because it became one of my LFF favourites.

Isabelle Huppert stars as Elle, who is raped by an unknown assailant in her own home. We follow her life in the weeks following the attack and how she deals or chooses not to deal with it, especially when she finds out its identity.

It’s quite a hard sell – a subtitled psychological thriller about a rape victim – but trust me it’s not as depressing as it sounds. It’s actually darkly funny. Elle doesn’t act like a victim at all, in fact, she continues her life like nothing happened and even treats her attacker like a friend and it’s so bizarre and unexpected, you can’t help but laugh. She’s also funny in her own right cos of the way she speaks to her family and she just takes no shit, and the attacker better watch himself.

Like most LFF films, it is quite long but I could have watched more. I loved Elle as a character and I wanted to see what happened to her. She is a bit twisted and you want to scream “what are you doing?!” at her because her behaviour made no sense to me.

Elle isn’t going appeal to all but it is a gem which achieves a unique balance of thrills, suspense and laughs. It is somehow disturbing and light-hearted, shocking but funny – well done Paul Verhoeven.

In cinemas Friday 10th March 


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  2. […] only really discovered Isabelle Huppert with last year’s Elle (I know, I’m sorry!) and now her name will encourage me to watch any film, and while she is […]


  3. […] but her character was annoying because she made so many dumb decisions. I discovered Huppert with Elle so I knew she would be perfect for this part. She was fabulously dark and twisted. I also liked […]


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