Paul Verhoeven's Critically Acclaimed (and Much-Debated) 'Elle' Gets a Tantalizing New Trailer

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When Paul Verhoeven’s new movie Elle premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May, Variety called it “perhaps the greatest of Verhoeven’s storied career.” The Hollywood Reporter said “the Dutch auteur has teamed up with the great Isabelle Huppert to craft a tastefully twisted mid-to-late-life crisis thriller that’s both lasciviously dark and rebelliously light on its feet.” And The Guardian raved that “the film is utterly gripping and endlessly disturbing…. Verhoeven, I fear, is pointing his film straight to Hell.”

In other words, it’s no understatement to say that Robocop and Basic Instinct director’s new movie could be one of the more talked-about films of the fall season — and its new trailer has now arrived to give moviegoers a glimpse of its provocations.

In this button-pushing psychological drama — the Dutch director’s first in French and first narrative feature since 2006’s Black Book — the great Isabelle Huppert stars as Michèle, a high-powered videogame company CEO who suffers a vicious sexual assault. In response, she goes in search of the man who committed this crime — but her reasons for tracking him down and the relationship that develops between them is anything but expected. Based on Philippe Djian’s novel Oh…, Elle veers off into surprising territory, and the twists it has in store for audiences are sure to provoke heated debate.

Elle — which Verhoeven told The New York Times he couldn’t make in America because of Hollywood actresses’ skittishness about the lead role — will receive its stateside debut at the upcoming New York Film Festival in September. It will then premiere in theaters on Nov. 11.