Elle is a French/German/Belgian psychological thriller, although there is some gesturing around what film genre it really fulfils. Directed by Paul Verhoeven, written adaptation by David Birke Elle and stars Isabelle Huppert as Michele. Isabelle Huppert has been reputably described as "a brilliant actress, giving a brilliant performance" in Elle and both accolades true. Filmed predominantly in Paris and Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the action is shot using two cameras simultaneously. Elle was critically acclaimed at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and was selected as the French entry for the Best Foreign Language film at the 89th Academy Awards.
"Elle" is Michele's truth, her experience, her reality, she is her own singular person pronoun. Elle is effective and memorable but in its own way.