February 10 - March 2
Isabelle Huppert’s acclaimed performances in two films released back-to-back in 2016 have crowned an illustrious career and consolidated her status as the cinema’s greatest working actor. Whether working with gonzo veteran Paul Verhoeven in ELLE or graceful up-and-comer Mia Hansen-Løve in THINGS TO COME, Huppert imprints her roles with a fierce intelligence that critic Miriam Bale (The New Republic) has called “a clear case of the actress as auteur.”
2016, Paul Verhoeven, France, 130 min. With Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Charles Berling.
“The most sophisticated feat of storytelling I’ve seen yet this year…an assured, savage comedy and it is shocking and thrilling and oh so funny.” — Ray Pride, Newcity
“A masterpiece of suave perversity…a platform for the astonishing, almost terrifying talent of Isabelle Huppert.” — A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Isabelle Huppert (AMOUR, THE PIANO TEACHER) scores another career triumph as Michèle, the arrogant, controlling Parisian producer of violent video games, who takes an unorthodox route to revenge after her brutal rape by a masked home invader. In a daring and darkly funny interpretation of Philippe Djian’s novel "Oh…," director Verhoeven (BLACK BOOK, BASIC INSTINCT) takes brutality to an amped-up level, challenging the viewer’s sensibilities at every turn with transgressive arch comedy and an irreverent take on sexual violence. Huppert excels cannily in her characterization of Michèle as no victim, but a hard-shelled, nasty piece of work who calls the shots at every turn. Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actress, Drama. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)
Things To Come
2016, Mia Hansen-Løve, France, 102 min. With Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon.
“A warm, funny and profoundly sensitive portrait of letting go and learning to make new memories.” — David Ehrlich, Indiewire
“Delightful…a warm, thoughtful, surprising drama.” — Dave Calhoun, Time Out New York
Huppert has one of her richest roles as Nathalie, a sixtyish Parisian philosophy professor whose seemingly secure life is disrupted by a series of catastrophes. Her troubles begin when striking students block the way to her classroom; then, in short order, her husband (Marcon) leaves her, her demanding mother (Edith Scob) declines alarmingly, and her longtime publisher declares her textbooks too old-fashioned. Avoiding cliché and melodrama, Huppert and director Hansen-Løve (EDEN) trace Nathalie’s journey of self-rediscovery with a wide spectrum of tones and colors, enriched by dry humor, Denis Lenoir’s summery cinematography, and the director’s superbly curated music selections, ranging from Woody Guthrie and Donovan to the Fleetwoods’ climactic a cappella rendition of “Unchained Melody” (“Time goes by so slowly / And time can do so much…).” In French, English, and German with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)