Elle is one part thriller and one part drama based on the novel by Philippe Djian. I walked away from this movie with uncertain feelings.
There's no time to get comfy in your seat with a shocking opening scene. The main character Michele is the owner of a successful video game company and is superbly played by veteran French actress Isabelle Huppert. Michele tries to track down the person who raped her, but the story line is more than just a game of cat and mouse.
The film excels in parts but meanders in an unexpected direction in other parts. I was left feeling as if the editor could have culled around fifteen minutes. The film goes for over two hours and I found it just a tad too long. I wondered why the side line stories were given so much weight.
Another reviewer so aptly commented that "It would not have been made in Hollywood". The characters are original and quirky and the ending unexpected.
Elle is a great psychological thriller which you may find perplexing or provocative but you're not likely to forget the experience any time soon.
Elle releases in cinemas around Australia on Thursday 27th October 2016.