By: Lindi Mugwara
Isabelle Huppert stars in the lead role. I must admit I had not heard of Isabelle Huppert before this film, only to discover that she is an accomplished French actress with a career spanning four decades with a multitude of diverse roles in her arsenal. The award buzzes that she has been receiving since the film premiered in Cannes piqued my interest to watch the film. She is now in pole position to earn her first Oscar nomination, which is nothing, more than she deserves. She inhabits the character so brilliantly. A character you feel sympathetic towards but at the same time you despise, an altogether complex character.
The cinematography was superbly shot by French DP Stephane Fontaine. The film is mostly shot on wide and it was shot in this style to show us the world around our protagonist, a world of mystery and uncertainty. The score does nothing to soothe our angst instead it accentuates the imminent danger we feel for Michele.
Elle is hard to watch at times but it is well made film with strong performances. I do not really watch foreign films but this is up there with the very few that I have seen.
Rating B+ 86%