Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Hedgehog

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 26, 2012, video-on-demand June 12, 2012
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $34.98
Studio: Neoclassic Films

The HedgehogMovies with heart always have a place on our shelves, and The Hedgehog has plenty.

The foreign film tells the coming-of-age story of gifted 11-year-old Palmona (Garance Le Guillemic). As her next birthday looms closer, she wonders what’s the point in growing if all the adults are hypocrits. She starts recording them with her dad’s old camcorder and begins to learn about life from her building’s stuffy janitor (Josiane Balasko, French Twist). When Paloma discovers that the usually gruff matron reads Tolstoy to her cat, an unlikely friendship emerges, and Paloma starts to not worry so much about growing up.

Based on the worldwide best-selling novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, the drama movie is the first film written and directed by Mona Achache, who we expect to see more from in the future.

Critics applauded the movie, which was screened in various film festivals. The Hedgehog was a Washington Post Critic’s Pick, the winner of the Seattle International Film Festival’s Space Needle Award for Best Picture, the winner of audience awards at FilmFest DC, the COL-COA (City of Light/City of Angels) Film Festival, and the winner of Best of Fest at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Critic Roger Ebert said, “This is a movie with such a light, stylish touch, it makes no claims to profundity and is a sweetly hopeful experience.”

The French film runs with English subtitles on the DVD and Blu-ray. Both discs also include these special features:

  • deleted scenes
  • and photo gallery.

The Blu-ray also contains a behind-the-scenes documentary.

Check out the charming trailer:

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.