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With Verhoeven at the wheel and Huppert (above) shifting gears effortlessly in the title role, Elle has the restrained and sophisticated feel of a European thriller.

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Director Verhoeven's (above) best-known protagonists have been flawed, female and formidable - multi-layered master manipulators with an interest in masochistic behaviour and twisted relationships.

A convincing character study about a woman on the verge

Feb 3, 2017 5:50 AM

PAUL Verhoeven is a director who knows his way around a psychological thriller, especially when sex and violence are involved. His best-known protagonists have been flawed, female and formidable - multi-layered master manipulators with an interest in masochistic behaviour and twisted

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