Berlin (dpa) – Isabelle Huppert was even nominated for this role at the Oscars four years ago – alongside, for example, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman and Ruth Negga.
In the end Emma Stone won for “La La Land”, but the French Huppert would certainly have deserved it. Because their portrayal in the film “Elle” is disturbingly good. On Friday evening (10.9., 10:25 p.m.) Paul Verhoeven’s work (“Basic Instinct”, “Total Recall”) will be shown on 3sat.
Are you allowed to laugh about a rape in a movie? Such an act and humor don’t seem to go together at all.
But with «Elle» a lot is different. The film tells of a rape and is drama, thriller and comedy at the same time. Above all, Isabelle Huppert makes the film an event.
The French play Michèle Leblanc, a successful woman in her fifties who lives alone and is the head of a company that
Designed video games. One day she will be in her house by one
unknown masked men attacked and raped.
In broad daylight
It is the key scene of the film: How Michèle is pushed to the ground in broad daylight in her posh home. Are their screams screams of fear, pain or even pleasure?
Surely a woman will not really enjoy one
Find crime? But Verhoeven doesn’t make it that easy either for himself or herself
the spectators. Because what Michèle actually feels will never be
Rather, Huppert shows a complex reaction in «Elle» that doesn’t
is predictable. It may also have been with her own,
dark past why she doesn’t go to the police.
The decisive factor, however, is that Michèle does not see herself in the role of the suffering victim and withdraws traumatized – she does not want to get down and let this act determine her life.
Moral evaluation denied
Instead, she tries the game of power and submission for
to reinterpret yourself. Most will
Rape victims may not be so easy for some
sure to sound like mockery. However, the film «Elle», based on one
The book is based on Philippe Djian and is clearly understood as
Fiction and denies moral judgment.
Huppert’s precise playing thus becomes the remarkable portrait of one
strong woman who does not adhere to social conventions
want. Without downplaying the rape, director Verhoeven succeeds in creating the serious story with slightly exaggerated humor
and to tell a feeling for bizarre situations.
When Michèle slowly realizes who her tormentor is, it does not lead to
dramatic confrontations, but rather absurd and comical ones
Moments. As provocative as this approach may sound – «Elle»
never makes fun of the main character or the suffering inflicted on him, but challenges viewing habits.
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