Elle

Elle ★★★★

A bosslady gets savagely raped in her own home and she deals with it in a very out-of-the-box way.

You can think whatever you want about the director Verhoeven (goddam I didn't realise he's that old!) but Isabelle Huppert makes an exquisite lead performance. And what a fresh look on sexual deviances, dealing with trauma and women's place in life and business. I can't believe that the lead role was originally supposed to to be played by an American, the whole story and the characters feel so profoundly French!

It's hard not to spoil the film, so I'll just say that the film stays with you for a while. A whodunnit mixed with psychological thriller with many twists and turns. And with echoes of Basic instinct.