New This Week
Criterion has released 4K restorations of Le Corbeau and Exotica on Blu-ray.
Made during the World War II German occupation of France, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Le Corbeau is both an absorbing mystery and a subtle condemnation of the Vichy government’s collaboration with the Gestapo.
The plot revolves around poison pen letters menacing a hospital and a school in a French provincial town. Heading the cast are Pierre Fresnay (Monsieur Vincent) as a doctor with a mysterious past, Ginette Leclerc (The Baker’s Wife) as a man-hungry hypochondriac, Micheline Francey (Le Petit Jacques) as an unfaithful wife, Héléna Manson (The Tenant) as a despicable head nurse, Pierre Larquey (Diabolique) as a psychiatrist who thinks he know who the culprit is, and Sylvie (The Shameless Old Lady) as the mother of a superstitious cancer patient driven to suicide by the poison pen letter he receives.
Extras include a 1975 documentary featuring Clouzot (The Wages of Fear, Diabolique).
Three years before The Sweet Hereafter solidified Atom Egoyan’s reputation as one of the most influential directors of his era, his sixth film, 1994’s Exotica, brought him international acclaim at that year’s Cannes Film Festival.
The psychological thriller revolves around the denizens of a Toronto strip club. The cast is headed by Bruce Greenwood (Thirteen Days), Mia Kirshner The Black Dahlia), Don McKeller (eXistenZ), Elias Koteas (The Thin Red Line, Victor Garber (Argo), and Sarah Polley (Away from Her).