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'We Knew That We Had Burning Material': Isabelle Huppert and Paul Verhoeven Discuss the Rape-Themed Elle

Elle, the new French-language movie from Dutch director Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, Robocop, Showgirls), opens on the rape of its protagonist, Michèle Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert). From there, Michèle cleans herself up and goes about her day—she’s so resolute in her unwillingness for her life to be disrupted any…

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