Spoilers ahead under the cut; also content warning for rape mentions as that’s what the film is about.
I was supposed to put up a film recs post a couple of days ago on my birthday, but writer’s block has been a real pain to deal with recently. So I’ll just talk about a film I saw last night, which was Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (2016). This film is a masterful exercise in a psychological thriller, but it’s also incredibly difficult to watch and much more difficult to talk about. It’s not so much a convoluted story as it is about interweaving relationships and problematic dynamic, which creates a richly layered story. Nevertheless, I found it hard to “enjoy” the film overall, which obviously was the point.