May December | Todd Haynes’ drama coming to DVD and Blu-ray in May

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Todd Haynes’ impeccable character drama May December is getting a DVD and Blu-ray release in the UK. More details below. 

In a just world, May December would have been a bigger awards contender. Todd Haynes’ stylish, addictive drama was as funny as it was disturbing. The Oscars did nominate Samy Burch’s rather brilliant script, but ultimately, the film went home empty-handed. 

Starring Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore and Charles Melton, May December was loosely based on the true story of Mary Kay Letournau, an American teacher who at 34 years old sexually abused her 12-year-old student, Vili Fualaau, ultimately having two kids with him and marrying him.

May December is getting a DVD and Blu-ray release in the UK and will be released on the 20th May. You can pre-order it right here.

In the film, Moore plays the almost childlike Gracie who is married to Joe (Charles Melton),13 years her junior. Their life is interrupted by the arrival of Elizabeth Berry (Portman) who’s due to portray Gracie in an upcoming film adaptation of the scandal. 

We were big fans of the film, which had a limited run in cinemas before premiering on Sky Cinema in the UK. Outside the UK, Netflix distributed it. 

In our review, we said that Haynes created “a fascinating tone that feels uniquely Haynesian.” We were also particularly impressed by Melton’s performance as Joe, who begins to wonder about the life he missed out on while he was with Gracie. “Melton mixes a youthful innocence with a world weariness in his performance,” we wrote last year. 

Others seemed to enjoy the film too. The film currently sits on 91 percent critic score on Rotten Tomatoes

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