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DVD previews: 'Afternoon Delight,' 'Zaytoun'

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  • Westchester native Kathryn Hahn plays an unhappy suburban wife and mother in "Afternoon Delight."

      Westchester native Kathryn Hahn plays an unhappy suburban wife and mother in "Afternoon Delight."

 
The Washington Post

Here's a look at DVDs coming out Tuesday:

"Afternoon Delight" (R, 93 minutes, Cinedigm): You know Rachel, or someone like her. At school, she's the busy mother volunteering for committees and fundraisers. At home, this loyal wife (Westchester native Kathryn Hahn) oversees the tidy schedules of son Logan (Sawyer Ever) and husband, Jeff (Josh Radnor). When no one's looking, she's happy to sneak a cigarette or dish about her dormant sex life with her girlfriends. But writer-director Jill Soloway's complicated indie dramedy hides a corrosive underbelly that threatens to shift the story in unexpected directions. Lurking beneath the surface is an emotional discontent that's threatening to swallow Rachel's staid existence whole. "Afternoon Delight" puts the typical suburban mother's lifestyle under an uncomfortably honest microscope, then documents the sporadically funny and occasionally sad results. Contains strong sexual content, language and some drug use. Extras include commentary with Soloway and Hahn; a making-of short and six other production featurettes.

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"Zaytoun" (unrated, 105 minutes, in Hebrew, Arabic and English with subtitles, Strand Releasing): A road movie pairing enemies who must help each other in order to survive, "Zaytoun" again finds Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis dramatizing political conflicts in the Middle East. Stephen Dorff plays Yoni, an Israeli fighter pilot whose plane is shot down over Beirut in 1982. A group of Palestinian refugees capture him, locking him in a makeshift jail sometimes guarded by a group of kids. Among them is Fahed (Abdallah El Akal), whose father died recently as a result of an Israeli bombing. Fahed never openly accuses Yoni of killing his father, but the idea is clearly on his mind. The buddy movie begins when Fahed realizes Yoni could, if freed, help him sneak across the border to his familial home in Palestine. Even when the film's plot grows a little unlikely, its tone is never sappy. Contains violence and language.

Also: "The Invoking," "Hellbenders," "Battle of the Damned," "Laughing to the Bank," "Fists of Legend" (South Korea), "Balls to the Wall," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "Foreign Correspondent" (1940), "Mortal Enemies" (Indonesia), "American Experience: 1964" (PBS), "Pompeii: The Doomed City" (History Channel documentaries), "Tom and Jerry: Mouse Trouble," "Terry Fator: Live in Concert" and "Guess How Much I Love You: Friendship Adventures."

Television series: "Game of Thrones: Third Season," "Nurse Jackie: Season Five," "Gentle Ben: Season Two," "Property Wars: Season One," "Peter Rabbit and Peter Rabbit: Spring Into Adventure!" and "Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Big Help."

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