Director Paul Veroeven’s Elle is a tale that only the French can tell.
Isabelle Huppert plays the co-owner of a video game company that specializes in sexually-oriented fare. A masked man breaks into her home and rapes her and, instead of reporting it, she goes about trying to find the perpetrator.
Ms. Huppert may, indeed, get nominated for an Oscar for her brilliant performance.
The film is so full of interesting characters and turnabouts in their interactions with each other that, at some point, you have to shake your head and say, “C’est la vie.”
I’ve learned, long ago, that the key to understanding out cultural differences with the French is their acknowledging that everyone is bound to make some great screw up or do something totally inappropriate in his/her life and, if you want your actions to be accepted, you’ve got to accept those of everyone else.
I give Elle a 4 out of 5.