Review – ELLE (Paul Verhoeven, 2016, France / Germany / Belgium)

Paul Verhoeven’s Elle begins mid-rape; the rape of its protagonist Michèle (Isabelle Huppert) by a man wearing a ski-mask, as a cat looks on, apparently unmoved. Once finished, the man flees and Michèle, with a puffy face and blood coming out of her vagina, picks herself up, cleans herself off, orders take out and carries…

Review – AMOUR (Michael Haneke, 2012, France / Germany / Austria)

AMOUR || 2012, France / Germany / Austria || Drama || Directed by – Michael Haneke / Written by – Michael Haneke / Produced by – Michael André, Stefan Arndt, Rodin Alper Bingol, Alice Girard, Daniel Goudineau, Veit Heiduschka, Hans-Wolfgang Jurgan, Michael Katz, Wolfgang Lorenz, Heinrich Mis, Margaret Ménégoz, Bettina Reitz, Bettina Ricklefs, Uwe Schott…