Monday 27 February 2017
6:30pm only - Allocated seating
Elle – Monday 27 February 6:30pm only
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
France 2016 (subtitled)
130 mins Thriller
Michèle (Isabelle Huppert) seems indestructible. Head of a successful 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.
In the opening scene of this uniquely unnerving French drama, Michelle, a woman living alone in a Paris apartment falls victim to a violent sexual assault by a masked intruder. She does not report the incident to police. She has her reasons.
Michele then goes on with her usual daily life as a businesswoman and mother, as if nothing ever happened.
Director Paul Verhoeven (working a world away in style from his 1990s heyday of Basic Instinct and Starship Troopers) up-ends viewer expectations completely by revealing the attacker’s identity far earlier in the film than most filmmakers would dare.
Therefore, despite the confronting nature of much of what has gone on before, it is the final act of Elle — in light of knowing full well who it is that could easily harm Michele again — that chillingly imprints itself on the memory.
Definitely not for all tastes, but hard to refute that this is an unforgettable and challenging piece of cinema.
“Equal parts sexploitation drama, social satire and empowerment fantasy, Elle leaves us unsure of what we're watching and how we should respond”.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star
“For people who enjoy coming out of movies unsettled, a little riled up, bursting with questions, and spoiling for a debate”, see Elle”.
Dana Stevens, Slate
“Verhoeven creates a bonfire of a movie that scrutinizes and satirizes the unholy alliance between sex and violence. You can't take your eyes off the fearless Isabelle Huppert”.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“This dark and sometimes grimly amusing film has been compared to the work of Brian de Palma, but to me it seems more like a blending of Hitchcock and Luis Bunue”.
David Stratton, The Australian
NFS's AGM will be held at Noosa Five Cinemas on Wednesday 8 March, preceding the 7:15pm screening. At this time a new committee will be elected. All current members are invited to attend.
On Friday 10 March Ocean Film Festival returns to the The J, Noosa, showcasing more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water's surface. This carefully curated selection of short films documents the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrates the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea's salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. Further details here.
In 2017 NFS will be issuing new photo ID cards to current NFS members to replace existing cards. To enable us to do this, please take a head and shoulders photo, in front of a white/plain background, and email it to email@example.com . On the subject line of the email (or as a caption below the photo, if emailing from a mobile phone), please state your full name and membership number. Thank you for helping us out!
Wednesday screening times are 10:00am; 2:30pm; 5:00pm and 7:15pm. Monday screening time is 6:30pm only. Please be considerate and do not be late as this inconveniences those watching the film. Give yourself plenty of time to park and buy your choc tops!
Some great films are screening at Noosa 5 now, including Lion, starring Nicole Kidman and nominated for 6 Oscars, Hidden Figures and La La Land, winner of 7 Golden Globes awards and nominated for 14 Oscars! Contact Noosa 5 for further details.
An informal film discussion group meets once a month the Thursday after the last Film Society screening (of that month) at 2:30pm at Padstows, Noosa Junction. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 2 March 2017. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and telephone number and we will give you any further updates.
February 22, 27; March 8, 22, 27; April 10, 26; May 10, 24, 29; June 14, 26; July 12, 26, 31; August 9, 23, 28; September 13, 25; October 11, 25, 30;
November 8, 22, 27; December 6.