If the French can do one thing right, it’s probably cinema. They have a cinematic history so rich, it’s no surprise when a French film bubbles up into normal Oscar competition.
“Elle,” the latest thriller from Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, has been named one of the best films of the year around the world. Isabelle Huppert, who played the lead role of Michele Leblanc, is nominated for an Academy Award for best actress. The film won best actress and best foreign film at the Golden Globes. It was also nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes last year.
In the film, Huppert plays a survivor of sexual assault who makes it her mission to track down her masked assailant. But of course (because she is French) there are a variety of other affairs, intrigues and family issues.
The gripping cat-and-mouse chase takes places all around Paris and its suburbs. Visitors to the City of Light can recreate the thrilling movie in some of the city’s lesser-known parts. We promise: No spoilers in this itinerary.