don't concern yourself with la la land
all that matters is that you're going to see elle elle land
What I found remarkable about the film is how I feel it actually has a more evolved understanding of rape and "rape culture" than most movies (or shitty, condescending thinkpieces) I've seen where the subject is front and center. We've gone over the subject in various different threads that are tailored for it, but how many times has a rape story come up that just sounds bizarre in terms of the victim's reaction? Some of those stories sound bizarre because we maybe fail to acknowledge that the rape is a separate thing from the person it happened to. Michele is under no real obligation to deal with it in a certain way even if we'd like her to and that's the crowning achievement of the film. Even at the end, when she decides to confront what happened to her with a slightly more conventional perspective, she does it in a way that no one but her would. I've never seen a character like this before and it was really refreshing.
I have no idea what the reviews or discussion is like around the film and I don't care. Verhoeven did a wonderful job and Huppert is a fearless champion as always.
I've seen her in things like La séparation, School of Flesh, the infamous Heaven's Gate and of course, Fuckabees. She doesn't mess around, man. She has that genuine, no-holds-barred European sensibility only matched in America by an actress like Jennifer Jason Leigh.
On a different subject, I don't think I've seen Charles Berling (Richard, the ex) in anything since L'ennui. I certainly don't shy away from French films, but I tend to watch much older ones and the most current ones I've seen were largely part of the New French Extremism movement. I need to fix that.