Dutch director Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (2016), starring Isabelle Huppert, was presented at the Cannes Film Festival where it competed for the Palme d’Or and was one of the most talked about movies of the season. Previously known for directing 1990’s Sci-Fi movies like Total Recall (1990) with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone, and the cult erotic thriller Basic Instinct (1992), Verhoeven seems to have combined art house risqué with American thriller motifs in Elle, his first French language f...

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