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Promotional image from Elle (2016)

Film: Elle at the IFI (Audio Described and Captioned Screening)

16 Mar 2017 (Past)

Irish Film Institute

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-a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.

A thrilling cocktail of sex, violence and deliciously inappropriate humour, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle is by turns a mischievous, controversial and profoundly serious work; a high-wire act that blends subtlety, nuance, rich characterisation and intellectual complexity into its decidedly unconventional rape revenge fantasy framework.

A satisfying tangle of subplots involving her son, mother, lover and ex-husband enrich this knotty, wilfully provocative character study that rejects classification and confounds expectation at every turn.

Audio description will be available for all screenings of Elle at the IFI, with captioned screenings as follows:

Thursday, March 16th at 13.00

Tuesday, March 21st at 20.30

Watch: Trailer for Elle

Isabelle Huppert as Michèle Leblanc in a scene from Elle

After a childhood under Nazi occupation, director Paul Verhoeven has made a career of laying bare society’s cruelty. This revenge drama is his message from the danger zone.

The Guardian

Paul Verhoeven directs Isabelle Huppert in a scene from Elle


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