NEW GIRLFRIEND, THE

NEW GIRLFRIEND, THE 1

“The New Girlfriend” is the kind of thriller that would make Hitchcock proud. A young woman decides to check in on her friend’s family after the lady pal’s unfortunate death. What she finds is a man raising a baby while being completely out of sorts. She also discovers that he has a habit of dressing up as a woman and taking nightly strolls. What will ever come of this asks those who haven’t watched any DePalma flick between 1975 and 1992.

Ozon captures ambiguity in a way that American directors have failed to hammer down for decades. It’s not about something sinister, but about secrets being revealed. Will the newly outed transvestite and the female lead answer questions about themselves that need answering? Does it even matter to the rest of the world? All the while, they keep torturing themselves to say what needs to be said, but they won’t do it.

The Blu-Ray comes with a featurette, 10 deleted scenes and a trailer as the special features. The A/V Quality is remarkable for a World Cinema drama. The 1080p transfer really pops and the DTS-HD master audio track keeps things lively. Still, I wouldn’t call the material reference quality. Ultimately, it’s worth a purchase.

Release Date: 1/26/16

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