2 hours 10 minutes, subtitles
Isabelle Huppert gives an unforgettable performance in Verhoeven’s provocative thriller about successful businesswoman Michele’s response to a violent attack. When Michele resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious, thrilling game of cat and mouse. Venturing where few filmmakers dare, Verhoeven (Basic Instinct) explores his recurrent themes of power and domination afresh, threading sexual intrigue with knife-edged danger, punctuated by occasional unexpected, uneasy humour. With its sophisticated treatment of desire and control he sustains a permanent state of suspense, mischief and challenge. As a provocatively powerful woman who plays out a new type of femme fatale, the phenomenal Huppert has rarely been better.
Nominated for Golden Globes best Actress and Best Foreign Language Film