The result is a freak show, containing a horror movie, a thriller, a comedy, a family drama, a mystery, a social study and much more. Some of the characters & events are way too demented to be believable. And the 130 minutes are too long. But the movie can be fascinating, thanks to its surprises, how ridiculous they may be.
The plot circles all the time around Isabelle of course. She can still show her acting talents and her magic spell. Elle is certainly a movie for Huppert fans.