Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a leading 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.
Paul Verhoeven
Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny
Philippe Djian, David Birke, Harold Manning
Screening Date: 
Nov 05, 2016
SBS Productions
Running Time: 
130 min
Average: 4 (1 vote)
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23.5% 14.7% 29.4% 29.4% 2.9%
“The movie is well made and gives interesting insight into the gaming industry, but it would be hard to find a film with a bleaker view of humanity.”
“Only the French could have done this! Quality script, acting, cinematography, but why spend 2 hours with all of these sickies?”
“Tres bizarre. I’m so glad my life is mundane.”
“Isabelle Huppert is a French National treasure. Her performance is truly remarkable, especially playing a character of such unique composition and in uncharted territory. She explores new avenues for women’s roles and makes it look easy.”
“Paul Verhoeven pushed the limits in his previous films and this one no different. I must say I watched and enjoyed it, but as a distant observer, which may very well have been his intent.”
“OK not going to say I loved it but… It is solid adult storytelling, with no superheroes and no special effects that tells a complex story of unique (if not always appealing) characters.”
“A deer jumps out of nowhere to move the plot forward. And that was the least surreal scene.”
“Complex, challenging filmmaking that forces you to question every scene, every line of dialogue, every bizarre plot twist. I’ll take the challenge.”
“What a brilliantly told tale of a story that I’m not sure was worth telling. I admired the remarkably interwoven portraits of people and personalities that I hope never to meet.”
“The film was very puzzling.”
“The silent but ultimate power of women!”
“Help! I know a tortured soul when I see one. I can’t say I disliked it but it did confuse me. I like the mystery, the confusion and the psychological ambiguity. There’s anger, pain guilt… but no real forgiveness or epiphany.”
“A fully engaging, gorgeous thoughtful film. I was enthralled from start to finish. Every performance was measured, thoughtful and convincing.”
“A good movie but very stupid!”
“This movie was artful but oh so unreal like the gaming shots. At the end of the day here I just didn’t get the raison d’etre for it. What are we suppose to learn, be informed about and take away from the experience of being shown this tale? I feel like the cat in the opening, the disturbed watcher helpless and put in position for scare. I just wasn’t entertained!” Jeanne
“Like her father that spares the hamster she tries to save the sparrow. These are great details in a incredibly wonderful complex web.”
“The French have always expanded the boundaries of cinema, as has Verhoeven. And when you put the two together… Yes they will be talking about this for years.”

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