Altered Innocence

The Wounded Man

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Altered Innocence has been dedicated to releasing LGBTQ & Coming-of-Age films with an artistic edge since their inception in 2015. With a library of features and shorts from around the world, mixing genre with art-house and everything in between - Altered Innocence is committed to curating an esoteric library that is without peer in the current marketplace. Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing this diverse and unique home video line!

New 4K restoration from the original camera negative! Henri is a frustrated teenager living with his parents in a provincial French coastal town. When they drag him to the train station to bid adieu to his sister, Henri sneaks off to a secluded bathroom and interrupts a hustler named Jean satisfying the masochistic desires of an older male client. Henri falls desperately in love with the sexy criminal, but Jean evades Henri’s affections. Undeterred, Henri shadows Jean as he traverses the dark and dangerous underbelly of their sleepy village. But as he descends deeper and deeper into Jean’s world, there may not be an easy way out. Patrice Chéreau’s 1983 drama is a revelation: an amazingly accomplished work that genuinely channels the transgressive, unsanitized sensibility of Jean Genet, boasting a breakout lead performance by young Jean-Hugues Anglade and a script that took co-writers Chéreau and legendary gay French author and activist Hervé Guibert six years to perfect. The result is a rich, strange, and sumptuous film leading us to exhilaratingly mysterious and unfamiliar spaces both physical and psychological.

directed by: Patrice Chéreau
starring: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Roland Bertin, Lisa Kreuzer, Claude Berri, Hammou Graïa
1983 / 110 min / 1.66:1 / French PCM 1.0

Additional info:

  • Region A Blu-ray
  • "The Wounded Man and the Paradox of Queer Visibility": A Video Essay by Robert Payne
  • "Out of the Shadows: Criminalization of Sex Work in L'homme blessé": A Video Essay by Tom Boye
  • A 32-page booklet edited and introduced by Hedi El Kholti of Semiotext(e) containing:
  • "The Red Heels" - A newly translated piece about the film by co-writer Hervé Guibert
  • "The Wounded Man" - A story by Abdellah Taïa
  • "Texting on L'homme blessé" - A conversation between Wayne Koestenbaum & Bruce Hainley
  • New Restoration Trailer
  • Other Trailers
  • English subtitles

The Wounded Man - Restoration Trailer from Altered Innocence on Vimeo.


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