A decade passed before Chabrol and Huppert collaborated again, on Story of Women. Based on the true tale of Marie-Louise Giraud, a World War II-era abortionist and the last woman to be guillotined in France, Story of Women has the doomed but poker-faced Huppert stumbling into her illegal career and spicing up her life in the bedroom, too. Watch the trailer here.
Merci pour le chocolat (2000)
Perhaps Chabrol’s first best film of the 21st century, Merci pour le chocolat is a complex thriller starring who else but a gracefully aging Isabelle Huppert as Mika Mueller, the head of a chocolate company and a woman who has just remarried her first husband. Like much of Chabrol’s oeuvre, this is an unsettling mystery contained quietly within the life of a single family.