ELLE
2016, Sony Pictures Classics, 130 min, France/ Germany/ Belgium, Dir: Paul Verhoeven

Director Paul Verhoeven and star Isabelle Huppert both reach career peaks with this complex psychological thriller. Huppert stars as a successful video game executive who is raped in her home; rather than go to the police, she identifies her masked attacker and engages him in a twisted cat-and-mouse game. “A masterpiece of suave perversity, the movie leads its audience through a meticulously constructed maze of ambiguity, scrambling our assumptions and expectations at every turn.” - A. O. Scott, The New York Times.


AMOUR
2012, Sony Pictures Classics, 127 min, France, Dir: Michael Haneke

The latest film from acclaimed writer-director Michael Haneke was inspired by a similar situation in his own family. Retired music teachers Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) and George (Jean-Louis Trintignant) are living a quiet life in their Paris apartment when Anne suffers a stroke. Her condition deteriorates following surgery, and she exacts a promise from her husband not to send her to a nursing home - but the strain of caring for his wife mounts on George, and daughter Eva (Isabelle Huppert) is little help. This heart-breaking look at love in the twilight of life won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and was named best film of the year by Time magazine. In French with English subtitles.


HEAVEN’S GATE
1980, Park Circus, 219 min, USA, Dir: Michael Cimino

After his Academy Award-winning triumph with THE DEER HUNTER, Director Michael Cimino broadened and deepened his epic vision of America with this elegiac Western. Kris Kristofferson is a sheriff caught in the middle of mounting tensions between affluent landowners and newly arrived homesteaders in 1890s Wyoming; complicating matters is a burgeoning love triangle among Kristofferson, his paramour Ella (Isabelle Huppert) and hired gun Christopher Walken. In Cimino's hands the personal, political and historical intersect to powerful effect, with a majesty more apparent than ever in this stunning new restoration personally supervised by the director.


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