Review for elle
michelle is a successful video game producer who is assaulted and raped. because of her family's crime-filled history she is unwilling to go to the cops. she deals with the situation exactly how she handles every other aspect of her life: cut-throat and ice cold. as she searches for the identity of the criminal, michelle is continually harassed by him, and becomes suspicious of other men in her life.
this movie starts with a bang, literally. if you're into r**e scenes then this is a movie for you! the whole thing is in french (watched with subtitles). we found that this took away from engaging us in the movie. we don’t know what audience this movie was for. we both were not fans of it, and don’t know who would be. some scenes were challenging to get through, especially towards the end, (where all lines of consent are blurred) and it is strenuous to understand what was going through the main characters head.
the movie did a good job of exposing some intense scenes. as the story unravelled it was surprising to see what the characters had been subjected to. there were also some legitimately funny moments in this multitude of controversy. keep your eye out for the bucket!
towards the end of the movie there were many occurrences that made us yell "what in the world?" sure, the main character has some un-relatable things happen to her throughout her life but her reaction to them just seems unrealistic, and it is never explained. even her relationship with her best friend, and her son’s mentality seems so nonsensical.
the son’s friend smiling in the background – another keep your eye out moment! this was a 2+ hour movie that should have been cut way down. both of us have never been fans of the “well, was that okay or not?” question these art house films constantly throw in your face. it's hard for us to commit to a subtitled film, and this one left us with a bitter look on our faces. we give elle a solid 1.5 buckets out of 5 buckets.