When the ruthless and seemingly indestructible Michèle is attacked in her own home, her world is turned upside-down.
Michèle (Isabelle Huppert) is on top of the world as the head of a successful video game company with her best friend, Anna (Anne Consigny). However, she hasn’t exactly been a saint on her way to the top.
She has a ruthless attitude when it comes to business, but also in her love life. Divorced from Richard, and living away from her son, she even has an affair with Anna’s husband.
Michèle’s world is about to be seismically rocked, however, when she is pressed by her mother to visit her estranged, serial killer father in jail, and then even more so when she is attacked and raped in her own home by an unknown assailant.
But Michèle isn’t the type of woman to crawl into her shell. Armed with pepper spray and an axe, she attempts to seek out her attacker.
Meanwhile, she also displays a new, outgoing side, and befriends her next-door neighbours, inviting them round for a Christmas party.
When the attacker breaks into her house once again, this time it is Michèle who comes out on top. What kind of surprises does Michèle have lined up for revenge, and who is it that lurks beneath the ski mask?
Featuring Isabelle Huppert (Louder Than Bombs) and Anne Consigny (History's Future), Elle is directed by Paul Verhoeven.