Happy Birthday: Isabelle Huppert

WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review

Isabelle Huppert.jpgIsabelle Huppert

Born: March 16, 1953 in Paris, France

Married to: Ronald Chammah (1982 – present) (3 children)

[on Elle (2016)] The film is really rich, very surprising and enigmatic. It’s elusive. It’s not a genre movie, but it’s not a non-genre movie either – it floats somewhere between Chabrol and Hitchcock, but it’s still a thousand per cent Verhoeven. There’s also a sociological dimension. It’s about a very contemporary woman, not a victim, but someone who bears up – only you don’t see her bearing up. Things just happen to her and she lives through them, without complaining. You can’t say she’s a victim, or a heroine, or a woman of power – although she is a woman of power. All those categories distract us from reality, in a way. [2016]

[on working with new directors] Oh, it’s just a bet I take, and I’ve rarely been wrong. All…

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