French actress Catherine Deneuve, whose prodigious career includes such classics as The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Belle de Jour, and Roman Polanski’s claustrophobic thriller Repulsion, is front and center with two March Blu-ray/DVD releases.

On March 12th, Deneuve fans can pick up Tristana, a movie which marks her continued collaboration with Belle de Jour filmmaker Luis Buneuel.  Based on the book by Benito Perez Galdos, the story centers on the titular character (Deneuve) who, after her mother’s death, lives with a her new guardian, Don Lope Garrido (Fernando Rey).  Garrido’s feelings towards the girl are far from paternal, and his lustful desires eventually take hold.  Franco Nero (A Man Called Django!) co-stars as an artist who enters an affair with Tristana.

Deneuve’s career is highlighted by her alliance with some of cinema’s most revered voices, with Bunuel landing at the top of that list.  The actress also worked with Jacques Demy (The Young Girls of Rochefort, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), Francois Truffaut (Mississippi Mermaid, The Last Metro), and Regis Wargnier (Indochine, East/West).

The Big Picture On March 19th, MPI is releasing the thriller The Big Picture, the story of a Paul Exben (Romain Duris), a  whose seemingly blissful life is upended after the death of his photojournalist neighbor (Eric Ruf).  Envious of his neighbor’s non-conformist lifestyle, Paul goes through a complex journey of reinvention.  Deneuve star in the film as the co-owner of Paul’s law firm.

Directed by Eric Lartigau (The Players), the film, according to the press release, is a “thriller worthy of Hitchcock and Chabrol.”  Considering Hitchcock is a master of suspense and the highly revered Chabrol cited Hitchcock as an early influence, The Big Picture comes with high expectations.

The Big Picture and Tristana are being released on DVD and Blu-ray.

To check out the Tristana trailer, which was uploaded by Cohen Media Film Group, click on the clip below:

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