La Belle Noiseuse and The Son from Artificial Eye

Two new special double disc sets from Artificial Eye should be in your shops now or over the next few weeks - Jacques Rivette's 1991 classic 'La Belle Noiseuse', starring Michel Piccoli and Emmanuelle Béart and The Dardenne Brothers' 2002 Cannes award winning 'The Son'.

La Belle NoiseuseJacques Rivette’s award winning, critically acclaimed film stars Michel Piccoli in one of his finest performances as an artist. Ten years previously he abandoned his masterpiece entitled 'La Belle Noiseuse' (The Beautiful Troublemaker), a painting of his wife (Jane Birkin). When he encounters the beautiful and fascinating Marianne (Emmanuelle Beart), he is inspired to return to the unfinished canvas, using her as his new model. But the disturbing tensions develop as the work progresses and the reasons for the painting’s original rejection begin to surface.

The film is released as a 2 disc set with a retail price of £24.99 and carries a 15 certificate. It is presented in the original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio approved by the director. Extra material includes an interview with Jacques Rivette and an interview with co-writers Pascal Bonitzer and Christine Laurent. 'La Belle Noiseuse' should be in the shops now.

The SonIn their first film since the Palme d’Or winning 'Rosetta', brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne present a subtle and disquieting study of a man whose life has been devastated by tragedy. Olivier Gourmet won the Best Actor Award at Cannes for his masterly understated portrayal of a carpenter who teaches teenagers at a rehabilitation school. He is disturbed by the arrival of a new student, Francis (Morgan Marinne), and he struggles to maintain a professional distance in the boy’s presence. An ambiguous relationship develops between the two until the eventual revelation of a terrible secret from the past that binds them together. Utilising their trademark pared down visual aesthetic to great effect, the Dardennes have crafted a riveting, strikingly powerful film of profound emotional and moral complexity.

The DVD is released on 28 July as a 2 disc set with a retail price of £22.99 and carries a 12 certificate.

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