Thrillers with rape and ambition are full of the “red” stuff of our existence. The forbidden fruits, the “dark side of the moon.” We have all that here in the story of “Elle.” This one scored in the 90’s on Metacritic but then again, foreign films with subtitles usually do better. I’d say it’s a worthy watch but in the 80’s? Hmmm. I’ll have to mull that score over.

Elle (2016)
R | 2h 10min | Crime , Drama , Thriller | 11 November 2016 (USA)
A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Writers: Philippe Djian (novel), David Birke (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny

I was proud of her with her busy workaholic schedule to get medical help after the rape. I thought it was stupid she didn’t tell the cops. There were some clues I got early on that showed me who the rapist was but I won’t spoil that for you. There are some great actors in this and the mystery is interesting, albeit easy for me to figure out. As for my score, I enjoyed this film but it’s the same sort of rape and mystery film we see all the time. For that reason, I give it a 6/10.

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