• Thu. Jun 13th, 2024

Elle is a 2016 psychological thriller film directed by , based on the novel Oh… by Philippe Djian. The film follows the story of Michèle, a successful businesswoman and the CEO of a video game company, who is violently attacked in her own home by an unknown assailant. Despite this, Michèle decides not to report the incident to the police and instead takes matters into her own hands, leading her down a dangerous path of revenge.


Elle received widespread critical acclaim for its daring and provocative storyline, as well as its powerful lead performance by . Many critics praised the film's ability to navigate complex themes such as trauma, sexuality, and power dynamics with intelligence and nuance. While some found the film's controversial subject matter difficult to watch, others admired its uncompromising approach to storytelling.


Elle was nominated for numerous awards and won several, including:

  • Best Actress () at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival
  • Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards
  • Best Actress () at the 2017 BAFTA Awards
  • Best International Film at the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards

Overall, Elle is a challenging but rewarding film that explores complex themes with intelligence and nuance, anchored by an unforgettable performance by .

Directed by
Screenplay by David Birke
Based on Oh…
by Philippe Djian
Produced by Saïd Ben Saïd Michel Merkt
Starring , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Cinematography Stéphane Fontaine
Edited by Job ter Burg
Music by Anne Dudley
SBS Productions Pallas Film France 2 Cinéma Entre Chien et Loup Canal+ France Télévisions Orange Cinéma Séries Casa Kafka Pictures Proximus Centre National de la Cinématographie Filmförderungsanstalt
Distributed by SBS Distribution
Sony Pictures Classics (United States)
Release dates 21 May 2016 (Cannes) 25 May 2016 (France) 16 February 2017 (Germany)
Running time 130 minutes
Countries France Germany
Language French
Budget $9.1 million
Box office $12.7 million


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