I have been intrigued by "Elle" since its Cannes debut because it was listed on IMDb as a comedy despite its taboo subject matter. When it came to my local indie theater, I made sure to see it, and while I wouldn't go as far as calling it a comedy, I do acknowledge that the film was very unique tonally.
Thankfully, the rape element of the plot is handled in what seems to be a respectful and serious way. Still, the script incorporated a lot of irony and comedic relief. The entire second act felt in its tone like a comedic melodrama. The film as a whole plays out as a blend of a mystery and a melodrama, and it works. The plot of the film is very interesting, with well-developed characters and intriguing twists and turns. The film is odd and uncomfortable, but it is good.
The acting of the film is extremely strong. Isabelle Huppert is amazing in this film, portraying the character with the ambiguity that is necessary for the role. I think that she is a strong and deserving contender for the Best Actress Oscar. The technical elements of the film are also very good. The cinematography and editing are very fluid and work well to develop the tone of the film. The score is also very good at building suspense.
Overall, "Elle" is a film unlike any that I had ever seen before. It is interesting and well-made, but definitely isn't for everyone because of how odd it is.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes, I will probably pick up more.
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