More of a “cover your eyes” film than a thriller: Elle surprised us all with its twist and sensitive content!

What did I think it would be?

I thought it would be more of a thriller, much like Girl on the Train, however I was surprised by how revealing it was. The content was understandably an 18, with the amount of nudity that the film contained.

The general plot

Michelle (acted by Isabelle Huppert) was a CEO of a successful game design programme. She was in her home one night and was attacked by a man in black clothing. He had his face covered so she did not know how he was.

The best scenes

A horrific scene at the start of the film showed Michelle being attacked by a man in black clothes in her own home. This came as a big shock and she was left bleeding and still on the floor, surrounded by broken glass.

Michelle was quite calm after the incident and that surprised me. She seemed to compose herself quickly and acted like it had never happened. She was only reminded when she saw her cat, who had observed the attack happen. I was also confused and worried when she continued to meet and talk to the man who did it. She had unmasked him to find that he was her neighbour, Patrick.

Despite this, she still talked to him and had a little flirt with him when she started a game of footsie at a party. She even left the door partly open, after he drove her back home from another gathering. She knew that he would come in and he did.. it almost seemed like she enjoyed the way he did it and that was worrying as it was not a healthy relationship.

I must say though, that some of the scenes were very funny, especially when Michelle accidently sprayed her work colleague, Richard, in the eyes with pepper spray. She saw him in his car outside her house and thought that he was the attacker. Richard was actually making sure she was safe and was worried about her. They laughed about it later that night.

Michelle’s attitude towards less conventional sex was not all her doing – her mother was attracted to and regulally dated “toyboys” and her father was an extremely violent man who murdered a group of people. Her relationship with her mother and especially her father, was not friendly, which could explain her behaviour.

So what happened to Patrick, you ask? Well he was caught attacking Michelle by her son Vincent, who responded by hitting Patrick with a log and causing a deep head wound. He did not survive the injury, which was a good thing?

Final Thoughts

  • The film, upon reflection was not really to my taste and had more nudity than I anticipated.
  • I have still not got to grips with what really happened, as there was not really any storyline to it.
  • I must say that the only thing I have really taken from the film is that everyone has their preferences and that we should respect them, even if they are rather odd.
  • Overall, I would not recommend this film if you are under 18 (as it was very inappropriate) or if you are sensitive.

 

 

 

 

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