Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz), newly arrived in New York, finds an expensive handbag on the subway and returns it to its owner Greta (Isabelle Huppert), an apparently lonely, widowed piano teacher and they become friends.
If it wasn’t for the stupendous performance by Isabelle Huppert, this would be a somewhat distasteful take on a rape and its aftermath. But Huppert interprets the character so that, although you have serious doubts about the film itself, you certainly can’t fault Huppert.
ELLE, directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Isabelle Huppert, is set for release across the UK on 10 March 2017.
This film has an interesting background, in that the story is set in and was shot in America but is written and directed by Scandinavians, led by Norwegian director Trier.