Blu-ray, DVD Release: Elles

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 11, 2012
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $34.95
Studio: Kino Lorber

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Juliette Binoche likes what she hears in Elles.

The 2011 foreign-language drama film Elles starring the always-watchable Juliette Binoche (Chocolat) is the latest exploration of female sexuality to come out of France.

Vacillating between opposing worlds defined alternatively by sexual freedom and constraint, Elles stars Binoche as Anne, a well-off Parisian journalist investigating the lives of two student prostitutes (Joanna Kulig and Anais Demoustier) for a magazine article. What begins as a routine assignment shaped by preconceived notions quickly turns personal, as Anne is drawn into the lives of the pair of fiercely independent young women and forced to confront her own sexual fears and desires.

Co-written and directed by Malgoska Szumowska, the unrated Elles received a limited rollout to theaters in the U.S. in April, 2012, just as it did across the world in the preceding and subsequent months. It received middling reviews from the press, scoring a rating of 4.9/10 on Rotten Tomatoes based on 52 critics’ reviews.

Presented in French and Polish with English subtitles, the discs contains no bonus features  save for a couple of trailers and a stills gallery.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.