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Three European Movies About Revenge

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The Skin I Live In (2011)

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Three European Movies About Revenge

One of the most common themes when it comes to thrillers is revenge. Inherent to humans since civilization begun, this sentiment has fueled wars but also great works in all arts. This is a selection of three European modern films about revenge.

The Skin I Live In (2011)

Starring Antonio Banderas and directed by Pedro Almodovar, this Spanish production tells the story of a brilliant plastic surgeon haunted by past tragedies, who creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession, and who also happens to be the person who raped his daughter. The Skin I Live In is based on Thierry Jonquet's novel Mygale, first published in French and then in English under the title Tarantula.

The Skin I Live In premiered in May 2011 in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, and won Best Film Not in the English Language at the 65th BAFTA Awards. It was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and 16 Goya Awards.

Elle (2016)

Directed by multiple award-winning director Paul Verhoeven, Elle chronicles how a successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her. The production is based on the novel Oh... by Philippe Djian, which received the Prix Interallié in France.

Elle premiered in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Foreign Language Film; it was also selected as the French entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not nominated. At the 42nd César Awards in France, the film received eleven nominations, and won Best Film.

Taken (2008)

Although people often think this is an American film, Taken is in fact a French production, directed by local filmmaker Pierre Morel and written by the legendary Luc Besson. In the movie, a retired CIA agent travels across Europe, relying on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.

A blockbuster, the movie inspired two sequels and received multiple awards, including the BMI Film Music Award at the Broadcast Music, Inc.

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Elle

Elle (2016)

Taken

Taken (2008)

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