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  • Atypical
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    Now that the film is being seen in wider release by audiences, it’s time to discuss this audacious and controversial film directed by Paul Verhoeven (of “Basic Instinct” and “Showgirls” fame) and starring French legend/Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert.

    Thoughts?

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    I’d choose her as the winner.

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    Jake
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    I thought that this thread was already created months ago but was buried under other ones. Isabelle Huppert gave an amazing performance, certainly one that ranks among the bests in her stunning career. I’m impressed how the entire movie is created as a vehicle for her and every single storyline works to explore the character – her workplace status, her romance(s), her complicated relationships with friends, son and future daughter-in-law and especially with her parents. Everything made sense and gave us more knowledge about why she would behave the way she was – unapologetic, strong, powerful but also self-centered and funny (the way she parked her car by hitting the one of her ex-partner was very funny).

    Little mystery “who was the rapist?” was done very well but given the opportunities the answer was rather obvious, yet still good enough. Overall I find direction to be very strong and all moments added to something which is not always the case. I don’t buy the final minutes personally but that’s just me. Great movie.

    I’m thrilled Huppert actually received that Oscar nomination because many people wouldn’t be able to stomach Hawkins repeat when one actress cleans up all of the most important critics awards but can’t get an Oscar nod. I wish foreign language committee would stand behind such a brave and unusual choice from France but you can’t have everything. Well deserved 2 Golden Globes, HFPA has impressed me with that.

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    Huppert is better than the movie. I appreciate her elevating Verhoeven in the third act of his career. He’ll get more serious retrospectives based on the critical acclaim and popularity of this project.

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    Atypical
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    FYI: I tried finding past threads about the film itself using this horrible new search function, and nothing surfaced except polls, random videos, articles, and threads about Huppert and her Oscar chances.

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    ENGLAND
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    I love her in this but I definitely would not rank this as one of her best.

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    GusCruz
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    Seen it four times already. Easily one of her best performances and Verhoeven just directs and cuts the shit out of this movie. No one else is doing comedy this way anymore, where the unpredictability is authentic and intriguing in some demented way. This is a rare beast and God knows how long until a new one comes around. It’s all in the dirt, the intentions, the small things (this is a movie that ends with two female friends walking in a cemetery — click). We need Verhoeven now more than ever.

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    It’s beyond. Just beyond. I loved every second of it. Paul deserved some awards recognition for his direction. I’m not gonna comment on Isabelle because everything has been already said.
    This movie made me want Paul Verhoeven to direct my girl. The things those two could come up with. Comedic brillance. My god I’m already squirting just thinking about it.

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    I hope she wins the Oscar because without her the film would possibly not work. While with Emma Stone, she doesn’t elevate La La Land she just complements it.

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    Wasn’t sure what to expect with this but I ADORED it!

    Isabelle Huppert gives an incredible performance, and Michele is one of the best characters of cinema in 2016. She exudes such sexual allure and confidence, you can see why (literally) everyone around her wants to be with her.

    Despite that, so much about her as a person is still ambiguous, which draws you in even more. Impeccably written to give just the right amount of detail about her to invest in her, yet still hold enough back to keep us on the edge of the seat.

    Paul Verhoeven also deserves credit for his Direction. It has gone really unnoticed in the awards talk, but he does deserve credit. I would also have the score in my top five of the year. It is fantastic.

    It should be in most people’s top ten films of the year who see it. I know it is in mine. I saw it a few weeks ago now, and it is still poking my brain with a great lasting impression.

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    Okay so I finally saw it and this was… I don’t know what it was.

    First of all, Huppert gives an amazing layered performance. She would be a great winner. Not my pick, but she would be great. I would personally pick Portman over her, but that’s not happening.

    The direction was also great. It was a well made film all around in a craftsmanship level.

    What I really want to talk about though is the script. What the fuck! Honestly, what the fuck! I honestly don’t know what to think. I guess I liked it. It was so layered and smart and though provoking. Definitely should have  had a screenplay nomination.

    I’m not sure it’s in my top but it’s up there. Great movie, overall! Grade: A

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    Okay so I finally saw it and this was… I don’t know what it was.

    First of all, Huppert gives an amazing layered performance. She would be a great winner. Not my pick, but she would be great. I would personally pick Portman over her, but that’s not happening.

    The direction was also great. It was a well made film all around in a craftsmanship level.

    What I really want to talk about though is the script. What the fuck! Honestly, what the fuck! I honestly don’t know what to think. I guess I liked it. It was so layered and smart and though provoking. Definitely should have had a screenplay nomination.

    I’m not sure it’s in my top but it’s up there. Great movie, overall! Grade: A

    Lol basically exactly how I felt afterward

    But beware – I also said Huppert was great and still got chastised

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    That plot really sticks with you after you watch it. French screenwriters are on an entirely different level when it comes to creativity and originality.

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