• It certainly has Verhoeven’s black comedic features and enhances his reputation as a provocateur
  • I think there’s a legit intelligent discussion here on violence in the media
  • Hubbert and the narrative is the show. The narrative absolutely rolls- even more the second time seeing it. And, Isabelle Hubbert has rarely been better. I think it may rank second behind Haneke’s the piano teacher (which these two characters share a great deal) as an accomplishment for her. Her work in la ceremonie and white material are there, too. She’s icy, complex, intelligent— she makes a great CEO
  • Impeccably stylish (pea coats, scarves) in her attire and a Parisian business executive—very rich character—not easy to pin down (sleep’s with her best friends husband, doesn’t really like her mother)
  • She’s no mere victim—and the film doesn’t really give her an out (even though her traumatic childhood is here in the background)- it doesn’t become the story or a real psychological examination
  • As much of anything it’s a again, a narrative that entertains and dances with heavy themes. And for anyone who doesn’t think it’s a black comedy—the dinner scene—we have her sitting next to the man who raped her (who she also has masturbated to and is attracted to), the son with the black baby, the best friend with her husband who she is sleeping with), the mother who is with a man like 50 years younger (gigolo), and then the ex-husband with the young new girlfriend. Wow
  • Incredibly ballsy film and performance/character. Verhoeven and Hubbert are a perfect match
  • Recommend /Highly Recommend border