DVD/Blu-ray Top Pick:
Title: “Fat Girl”
Director: Catherine Breillat
The Deal: “Fat Girl,” one of Catherine Breillat’s (“Romance”) most controversial (that’s saying something) and acclaimed dramas, finally gets a wide DVD/Blu-ray release courtesy of The Criterion Collection.
The 2001 award-winning film follows two teenage sisters who set off on a vacation with their parents to the seaside. Eléna, the more beautiful of the two, catches the attention of a hunky Italian law student, while her overweight younger sibling, Anaïs, watches on from the sidelines.
“Like ‘Romance’ and ‘Sex is Comedy,’ ‘Fat Girl’ is a bold feminist statement,” wrote criticWIRE contributor Ed Gonzalez in his review for Slant Magazine. “But unlike ‘Sex is Comedy,’ ‘Fat Girl’ isn’t taxing and doesn’t do the thinking for us, and unlike ‘Romance,’ it’s daringly sexy. This may be why Breillat intimidates so many critics, especially men: because she uses sex as philosophical titillation—a place very few people want to go when they’re trying to get off. ‘Fat Girl’ is a riveting art film, rigorously intelligent but profoundly emotional and philosophically perverse.”
Extras: High-definition digital restoration (with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition); behind-the-scenes footage; two interviews with director Catherine Breillat, one conducted the night after the film’s world premiere at the 2001 Berlin Film Festival, the other a look back at the film’s production and alternate ending; French and U.S. theatrical trailers; plus a booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau, a 2001 interview with Breillat, and a piece by Breillat on the title.
VOD Picks for This Week:
All synopses courtesy distributors.
Title: “The Troll Hunter”
Director: Andre Øvredal
The Deal: Shot in a vérité style, “The Troll Hunter” is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy. A thrilling and wildly entertaining film, “The Troll Hunter” delivers truly fantastic images of giant trolls wreaking havoc on the countryside, with darkly funny adherence to the original Norwegian folklore.
Where to Find: Magnet On Demand, starting May 6th.
Title: “Love Wedding Marriage”
Director: Dermot Mulroney
The Deal: Mandy Moore is a marriage counselor whose life as a newly wed married to Kellan Lutz (“Twilight”) is turned upside down when she discovers her parents’ happy marriage is unexpectedly headed for divorce. Determined to reconcile her parents for their 30th anniversary surprise party she stops at nothing plunging from one compromising situation to another. Will she destroy her own marriage and her professional life in her attempt to get her parents back together? Romantic Comedy veteran Dermot Mulroney directs.
Where to Find: IFC Films On Demand.
Title: “Sympathy for Delicious”
Director: Mark Ruffalo
The Deal: “Sympathy for Delicious” marks actor Mark Ruffalo’s first foray into directing. This film tells the story of Dean O’Dwyer (Christopher Thornton), also known as “Delicious D,” an up-and-coming DJ on the underground music scene in Los Angeles. When a motorcycle accident leaves Dean paralyzed, he abandons his turntables for a wheelchair as his once-promising career disappears before his eyes.Forced to live out of his car on skid row, Dean begins his descent into depression when he meets Father Joe Roselli (Mark Ruffalo), a passionate young priest. Father Joe introduces Dean to the world of faith healing, an unlikely way for him to begin his quest to walk again. He soon discovers that he possesses the otherworldly power to heal people, but in an odd twist of fate he is utterly unable to heal himself. Despite Father Joe’s warnings, Dean angrily decides to use his newfound gift for fame and fortune. He joins a rock band led by charismatic front man The Stain (Orlando Bloom) with bassist Ariel (Juliette Lewis) and manager Nina Hogue (Laura Linney). But his newfound notoriety is unable to cure the hurt that encompasses his life. To find true healing, Dean must ultimately confront his worst demons and come to terms with his own humanity.
Where to Find: Time Warner and Comcast XFINITY, starting May 5th.
Title: “A Matador’s Mistress”
Director: Menno Meyjes
The Deal: In the 1940s, Manuel Rodríguez Sánchez (Adrien Brody), known to the world as Manolete, owned the Spanish bullring. This biopic follows his notorious affair with movie siren Lupe Sino (Penélope Cruz) at the height of his fame and his death in the ring at age 30. Juan Echanove, Ann Mitchell and Rubén Ochandiano co-star.
Where to Find: Netflix Streaming, starting May 4th.