Release Date: 22 March 2017
Format:  DVD
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny

Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop, Basic Instinct) has been absent from our screens for too long, and his first feature in ten years marks a triumphant return. Isabelle Huppert plays a video game executive who is sexually assaulted in her apartment by a masked assailant. But rather than report the incident, she seems pretty blasé about it. Why she doesn’t want the police involved is gradually revealed, as she begins to play her own obsessive game with her attacker. If you’ve ever seen The Piano Teacher, you’ll know that nobody does frosty and intense like Huppert, who won the Golden Globe for her performance here and should have won the Oscar, too (Emma Stone was the popular vote). Verhoeven transforms the rape-and-revenge thriller into a bold and classy affair that constantly subverts expectations and has more in common with his 1983 film The Fourth Man than Basic Instinct. One of the best thrillers of the year, it’s one Elle of a ride. (French with English subtitles.)

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