Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, exploring and exploiting the dark fantasies of her consumers. she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever.
But when obscene texts and videos suggest that her assailant is a workmate, she refuses to go to the police, haunted by memories of her monstrous father’s arrest years ago (“never again”). Toughened by the past, and refusing to be defined as a “victim” (a label she was denied as a child), Michèle changes her locks, learns about guns, and coolly sets about tracking her assailant and is drawn into a curious and thrilling game-a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control. But to what end?
Isabelle Huppert is astonishing as a rape victim who tracks down her assailant in Paul Verhoeven’s provocative psychodrama.
Dir: Paul Verhoeven, France, 2016, . 18. Subtitles.
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny