Paul Verhoeven is back.
aaaah. That's what you meant.
Yeah, in the review I read for it, it all but does this.
Saw it a few months ago, and I guess it was all right. I was hoping Verhoeven (I *love* this guy) would play with the rules of French drama the same way he did the with rules of US blockbuster (with basically Isabelle Huppert instead of Schwarzenegger. Both actors carry a huge baggage in their own style) but I thought it was pretty tame, tonally and visually. This is definitely not a family friendly movie, but you could have expected something (even) more abrasive from Verhoeven.
Yes, it is definitely that.
And agreed that Huppert's incredible in this.
I saw a trailer for this before ELLE, and had no idea what it was about!
Looking forward to it!
No wonder Hupert won the Golden Globe.
WOW. I really don't think I've seen a better performance this year, male or female. And the movie is so magnificently Verhoeven. Removing himself from Hollywood's vampirism continues to prove a great decision again and again.
Really liked this, especially the way all the characters are portrayed as having their own private deals going on. I did think the subplot about Huppert's father was distracting-- was the idea that she felt guilty for assisting him, and sought to be punished?
Speaking of Verhoeven's Jesus project, the bit where Huppert's son, the only compassionate human in the film, stands with arms outstretched (to measure for a bookshelf) was pretty obvious symbolism.
I think it's an element meant to paint her as a very specific character. She's got SUCH a fucked up past about herself, men, and the police that we as an audience can buy why she outwardly brushes off the fact that she's assaulted and continues living her life as 'normal'.