There's a new Paul Verhoeven movie coming out. Need we say more? And even while, based on the first trailer for it, the film doesn't come across as the maniacal/subversive/bleakly funny Verhoeven we all truly love, just to have the director back in the game after a long hiatus is very good news indeed.
Verhoeven's latest is ELLE, a revenge thriller starring veteran French actress Isabelle Huppert. (The film itself is French, which I believe is a first for Verhoeven.) This flick looks to come from the same man who gave us THE FOURTH MAN and BASIC INSTINCT; that is to say, this material appeals to the Dutch helmer's kinkier sensibilities. We'll definitely take it!
In ELLE, Huppert plays...
Michele, head of a successful video game company, 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. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game - a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.
ELLE hits theaters in France in September; hopefully a U.S. distributor nabs it soon for stateside release. (Trailer doesn't have English subtitles, sorry folks.)