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Michèle 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 that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Elle finds director Paul Verhoeven operating at peak power -- and benefiting from a typically outstanding performance from Isabelle Huppert in the central role.
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Common Sense Says
Great lead performance, but very mature, graphic content.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Elle is a French-language thriller from director Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, Showgirls) that's filled with violence, rape, rough sex, and graphic sexual material. A woman is raped and beaten; other characters are bashed on the head, and spurting blood is shown. Images from a fictional, violent video game are shown, with suggested violence against female characters. A car crash causes a bloody injury, and guns are fired. A TV news report shows a mass murder, with gory crime scene photos. Characters die. Nudity includes full-frontal (female) ane topless women, and both men's and women's bare behinds are shown. Sex and masturbation are strongly implied. Language (in French, with English subtitles), includes "f--k," "c--t," "s--t," and lots more. Characters drink and smoke at parties, and some get tipsy. Fans of great performances will want to see Isabelle Huppert in an acclaimed role, but the movie is too mature for anyone but adult viewers.
A Lot or A Little?
The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Role Models
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- Genre:Drama, Thriller
- Release Date:May 25, 2016
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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