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Isabelle Huppert

Isabelle Huppert on her provocative Elle role:
‘She’s not a victim’

Isabelle Huppert is a mystery. She rarely talks about her personal life, and despite a history of playing deeply troubled women, she never reveals how these roles affect her personally. Over the course of a fierce, unflinching career spanning 45 years, the 63-year-old actress has managed to humanize one of film’s most enduring and chilly archetypes: the femme fatale. She’s played a murderous prostitute (Violette), a psychopathic maid (La Cérémonie), and a sexually deviant pianist (The Piano Teacher), among many others.

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Critical Mass: Arrival sticks its landing

Awards season heats up with three potential Oscar contenders hitting theaters this weekend. The critics have spoken, and EW’s Critical Mass guide will help you decide which of them to see in the coming days. Read on for reviews of Arrival, Elle, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime WalkAlmost Christmas, and the hottest holdover titles now playing. 

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Arrival

Opens Nov. 11.

EW’s Leah Greenblatt says:

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Casting Net: Michael Pitt and Imogen Poots lead art-theft drama The Sleeping Shepherd

  • The Sleeping Shepherd has cast a quartet of actors. Michael Pitt, Imogen Poots, Isabelle Huppert, and Willem Dafoe signed on for the film from writer-director Frank Hudec. Inspired by real-life art thief Stéphane Breitwieser, who admitted to stealing more than 200 works in the 1990s, The Sleeping Shepherd follows a failed painter (Pitt) who decides to steal art instead of paint it. He’s accompanied on his spree by a bored rich girl (Poots).
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