Elle is a 2016 thriller movie directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by David Birke. It is based on Philippe Djian’s novel Oh… The work by Djian was published in 2012 and won the Prix Interallié. Isabelle Huppert plays a businesswoman who is raped in her house by a masked intruder and decides not to report it because of her previous encounters with the police.
Verhoeven’s first feature picture since 2006’s Black Book is also his first in the French language. It premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in competition for the Palme d’Or, where it gained critical acclaim.
Elle won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Foreign Language Film; it was also chosen as France’s entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, although it did not receive a nomination. The film garnered eleven nominations and won Best Film at the 42nd César Awards in France.
Huppert’s performance was universally praised, and it was regarded as one of her best. She won multiple Best Actress accolades, including the Golden Globe Award, César Award, National Society of Film Critics Award, New York Film Critics Circle Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, Gotham Independent Film Award, and the Independent Spirit Award.
Principal photography for the ten-week project began on January 10, 2015. The movie was shot in and around Paris. Following the Charlie Hebdo shooting on January 7, a scheduled sequence in Paris’ major police station was canceled.