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ELLE artwork


Type of media Video

Approved Running time 125m 48s

BBFCInsight sexual violence

Genre(s) Drama, Thriller

Director(s) Paul Verhoeven

Cast includes Isabelle Huppert, Anne Consigny, Laurent Lafitte, Charles Berling, Virginie Efira, Judith Magre, Christian Berkel, Jonas Bloquet

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 02/04/2017

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

ELLE is French psychological thriller in which a successful businesswoman tries to establish the identity of the man who raped her.


Portrayals of sexual violence include female breast and buttock nudity, accompanied in some cases by the delivery of punches, kicks and slaps. Elsewhere, gameplay footage from a violent fantasy computer game includes implied tentacular rape.

Other scenes of strong violence include blood spurts as a character is beaten about the head with a heavy object, a character being stabbed through the palm of the hand with a pair of scissors, and a character being struck on the back of the head.

Other issues include very strong language ('c**t') and strong language ('f**k'), strong sex and sex references, and nudity.


Lionsgate UK Ltd / Lionsgate International (UK) Ltd - (HE)
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The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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