Like her career, Michèle has always micromanaged her life; she's constantly in control and has an demeanour about her that makes her almost indestructible. This is all changed when she is attacked in her home, a space people associate as a safe haven.
Michèle deals with the attack in her own way and tracks down the man who assaulted her and the foes are both drawn into a dangerous game which could lead to either of them being killed.
Elle is based on Philippe Djian's novel 'Oh', director Paul Verhoeven explains how he was given the original idea from producer Said Ben Said: "The idea wasn't mine; it came from the producer, Saïd Ben Saïd. He contacted me in the US, sent me Philippe Djian's novel, which I read and found very interesting. I knew we had the material for a movie, but I had to think it through and find my way of appropriating a story I would never have come up with myself."
There's a boldly comical tone to this outrageous thriller that can't help but unnerve audiences right the way through to a chilling climax. Directed by Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct), it's all rather bonkers, but it's also darkly grounded in a multi-layered performance from the great Isabelle Huppert. Shocking plot twists, nasty violence and sex, characters who refuse to behave like the usual stereotypes - the film is bracingly original and riotously unforgettable.
Huppert plays Michele, who owns a Paris videogame company with her best friend Anna (Anne Consigny). She's utterly unapologetic about how she approaches her life, including the fact that she has just been violently assaulted by a masked man who broke into her home. But there's a reason for her refusal to go to the police: when she was 10, her father went on a violent killing spree, putting her face all over the press as her father was sentenced to life in prison. Even so, her ex-husband Richard (Charles Berling) is horrified that she wouldn't report a rape to the cops. Her nervous neighbours Patrick and Rebecca (Laurent Lafitte and Virginie Efira) offer support. But Michele insists on handling everything on her own terms, including how she deals with her senile mother (Judith Magre) and her dim son (Jonas Bloquet) and his psycho pregnant girlfriend (Alice Isaaz).
As always, Huppert underplays the role beautifully, conveying more in a stony glance than most actors do with an emotional tirade. She gives Michele a fierce internal energy that leads to jaw-dropping actions. As her situation gets increasingly urgent, Alice refuses to panic. It's a tour-de-force performance that often takes the breath away because Michele's stubbornness is so blackly hilarious. The other characters swirl around her haplessly, and each actor adds his or her own details that bring them to life in unexpected ways.
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'Cause everyone hates reading subtitles right?
An English language remake of the popular French supernatural drama, Les Revenants ('The Returned'), is reportedly in development, as the original prepares to premiere in the US on Halloween (31st Oct.) on the Sundance channel. The Canal+ drama aired earlier in the UK this year and a second season, currently in development, will air on Channel 4 next year.
Anne Consigny Starred In The French Language 'Les Revenants.'
The US remake will apparently be aired on cable channel A&E, who adapted Hitchcock's Psycho movie into the recently aired Bates Motel. A&E's Executive Vice President David McKillop spoke of his channel's enthusiasm for airing the show: "The Returned takes an incredibly unique approach, filled with suspense and twists and turns, to the subject of the living dead," he said, via Digital Spy.
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The french zombie drama closes for a season, but did it underwhelm or were we left still wanting more?
Les Revenants - or The Returned for us Anglophones - has drawn to an end after eight thrilling, zombie-filled episodes. With the small French mountain community at grips with the invading undead menace. After a thoroughly well-received initial seven episodes, the pressure was on for the writers to live up to expectations. But how did the episode hold up? Here's what the critics are saying for the finale of the French apocalyptic drama.
Anne Consigny stars in the show
This article obvious contains spoilers. Closing with the town's citizens holed up away from the rest of the world in an isolated hostel and with the undead seemingly winning their gun battle with the police, one concern that critics seem to have found with the season finale is the sloppy ending, rendering the series is an unnecessary limbo between season one and two.
Lambert Wilson, Anne Consigny, Hippolyte Girardot and Cannes Film Festival - Anne Duperey, Pierre Arditi, Sabine Azema, Lambert Wilson, Anne Consigny, Hippolyte Girardot Monday 21st May 2012 'Vous N'avez Encore Rien Vu' (You ain't seen nothin yet) premiere during the 65th Cannes Film Festival
Nerio Winch is a self made multi billionaire. While relaxing on his yacht one day he is pulled to his death by a scuba diver who had been lying in wait. Nerio's death throws his company into financial distress, as Nerio apparently has no living heirs to carry on the business.
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When the imaginative Georges (Dussollier) finds a wallet in a parking garage, he begins to wonder about the owner. He hands the wallet to a cop (Amalric) and goes home to his wife (Anne Consigny), with whom he has two adult children (Forestier and Vladimir Consigny). Meanwhile, the wallet's owner, Marguerite (Azema), also begins to wonder about this strange man who found it. But when they get in contact, strange obsessions lead to irrational decisions and actions. Or maybe they're just imagining what could possibly happen.
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Only a few days before the sugar plums and wassail are set on the table, Junon Vuillard (Catherine Deneuve), the grand matriarch of a family of lunatics, is diagnosed with a serious case of lymphoma, the same disease that already claimed her eldest son Joseph. The film opens with her husband Abel (Jean-Paul Roussillon) mourning over his son with a startlingly breezy candor. Employing shadow puppets, the lineage of the Vuillard family in its current incarnation is explained, leading to Ivan (Melvil Poupad), the youngest of Junon's children.
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Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly takes its title from said book, and, like its source material, the film has a spiffy discordance to it. When Bauby (the great Mathieu Amalric) opens his eyes, so does the camera, and we are struck by the light in the same petrified and blurry way that Bauby is. Manipulated to Brakhage-like lengths, the image has the same effect as Jean-Do's fumbling voiceover; we are as unsure of his footing as he is. His pleading to not sew up an eye threatened by infection becomes our begging; we don't want to lose the slight view we have. Then, with little preparation, we aren't with the protagonist anymore, and we are looking at a frozen, terminally-twitched face in a hospital bed.
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