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2 Sep 2016 - 3:28 PM  UPDATED 12 Oct 2016 - 3:09 PM

The following movies expire at various times throughout the month. Click the image to watch each film in full at SBS On Demand.  

GENRE: Family

 

The Fox and the Child

G
France, 2009
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Family
Language: France
Director: Luc Jacquet
Starring: Isabelle Carré, Bertille Noel-Bruneau, Thomas Laliberte
What's it about?
The story of a magical encounter between a wild fox and a young girl against a breathtaking mountainside wilderness. Springing from his own childhood encounters with a fox and years of wildlife documentary experience, director Luc Jacquet's film offers a journey into the world of this elusive and enigmatic creature.

The Fox and the Child Review

 

 


GENRE: Crime/Thriller

 

Accused

M
Denmark, 2005
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: Danish
Director: Jacob Thuesen
Starring: Troels Lyby, Sofie Grabol, Louise Mieritz
What's it about?
Before her breakthrough role as the woolly jumper-wearing detective Sarah Lund in The Killing, Sofie Grabol starred in this disturbing drama in which a family is torn apart when the father is accused of molesting his teenage daughter. Loyalties are soon divided amongst their friends and relatives, some of whom believe the 13-year-old girl is lying.

Invisible Waves

M
Thailand, 2006
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: Thai, Japanese, Korean
Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Starring: Tadanobu Asano, Eric Tsang, Hye-jeong Kang
What's it about?
A moody, beautifully photographed thriller about a hitman coping with guilt after killing his mistress, the wife of his gangster boss. Despite fleeing Macau for Thailand to avoid arrest, his problems follow him, as his new friends could be potential enemies.

The Big Picture

M
France, 2010
Genre: Thriller
Language: French
Director: Eric Lartigau
Starring: Romain Duris, Marina Fois, Catherine Deneuve, Niels Arestrup
What's it about?
This stylish thriller, adapted by Eric Lartigau (The Bélier Family) from Douglas Kennedy's eponymous novel, stars a Romain Duris in fine form as Paul, a successful corporate lawyer who secretly despises his conformist life. When he suspects his wife to cheat on him with their neighbour, a bohemian photographer who represents everything Paul wanted to be, a rush of blood provokes him into a fatal error.

Nicotine

MA15+
Mexico, 2003
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Language: Spanish
Director: Hugo Rodríguez
Starring: Jesús Ochoa, Marta Belaustegui, Lucas Crespi, Diego Luna
What's it about?
This stylish Mexican crime caper follows computer hacker Lolo, whose dealings with the Russian mafia involving the exchange of diamonds for computer access to Swiss bank accounts don't quite go as planned. A dark comedy a la Tarantino or Guy Ritchie, full of energy, and simply great fun.

One Nite in Mongkok

MA15+
Hong Kong, 2004
Genre: Crime, Action
Language: Cantonese
Director: Tung-Shing Yee
Starring: Daniel Wu, Cecilia Cheung, Alex Fong
What's it about?
An exciting, melodramatic and violent thriller about a group of policemen attempting to stop a planned gangland hit over the course of a 36-hour period in seedy and claustrophobic Mongkok, Hong Kong's red light district.


Fire of Conscience

MA15+
Hong Kong, 2010
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Director: Dante Lam
Starring: Leon Lai, Richie Ren, Baoqiang Wang
What's it about?
In this powerful, gritty and energetic cop thriller from director Dante Lam, a rough-around-the-edges detective Manfred is partnered with the calm and manipulative Inspector Kee to investigate seemingly unrelated crimes. But it soon becomes clear that there is a traitor in the ranks. 

Deadline

M
Sweden, 2001
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: Swedish
Director: Colin Nutley
Starring: Örjan Ramberg, Helena Bergström, Reine Brynolfsson
What's it about?
Based on the best-selling Swedish novel 'The Bomber' by Liza Marklund, Deadline is an edgy thriller about a workaholic journalist on the hunt for a terrorist who has blown up three buildings in Stockholm, only to become a target herself.

Frozen Days

M
Israel, 2005
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Language: Hebrew
Director: Danny Lerner
Starring: Anat Klausner, Uli Sternberg, Pini Tavger
What's it about?
This intense psychological drama shot in black and white (and entirely at night) is reminiscent of Roman Polanski's The Tenant, blurring fantasy and reality. After Meow (the magnetic Anat Klausner), a lonely young drug dealer, assumes the identity of a suicide bombing victim and moves into his apartment, soon losing her grip on reality.

A Dirty Carnival

MA15+
South Korea, 2006
Genre: Action, Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Yoo Ha
Starring: Jo In-sung, Cheon Ho-Jin, Lee Bo-young
What's it about?
This sleek and violent South-Korean noir explores the mutual fascination between pop culture and the criminal world. Byung-Du (Jo In-sung from A Frozen Flower, also directed by Yoo Ha) plays a 29-year-old criminal, who works his way up the mafia ranks to support his family. But when his filmmaker friend asks for his help to meet real-life mobsters to flesh out his movie idea, things predictably don't turn out too well.

Accident

MA15+
Hong Kong, 2009
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Language: Chinese
Director: Soi Cheang
Starring: Louis Koo, Richie Ren, Michelle Ye Xuan
What's it about?
Produced by Johnny To (Mad Detective), this gripping and perfectly orchestrated thriller follows a hitman, whose particular skill is to make murders look like accidents. But when he escapes death by a thread during one of his highly organised accidents, he is convinced that he's being set up by one of his own clients.

Soundless

M
Germany, 2004
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime
Language: German
Director: Mennan Yapo
Starring: Joachim Krol, Nadja Uhl, Christian Berkel
What's it about?
A professional hitman falls for one of his victims, sparing her life and putting his own in danger in the process. An efficient and thought-provoking thriller by Mennan Yapo (Premonition), and a big success at the German box office in 2004. 

The Horseman

MA15+
Australia, 2009
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Steven Kastrissios
Starring: Peter Marshall, Caroline Marohasy, Brad McMurray
What's it about?
Australian director Steven Kastrissios's debut feature is a vengeful morality play about a father’s pernicious crusade against the smutty underworld that claimed the life of his daughter. Featuring ultraviolence and heinous acts of torture, this thriller is definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Fermat's Room

M
Spain, 2007
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Language: Spanish
Director: Rodrigo Sopeña, Luis Piedrahita
Starring: Elena Ballesteros, Alejo Sauras, Lluís Homar
What's it about?
This effective Spanish thriller, which has been described as "Saw for the thinking man" (and without all the gore), follows four prominent mathematicians, who have no choice but to solve a great mathematical problem if they don't want to end up crushed by the walls of the shrinking room in which they are trapped.

 

 


GENRE: Horror

 

Re-Animator

MA15+
USA, 1985
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction
Language: Italian, English
Director: Stuart Gordon
Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton
What's it about?
Adapted from H.P. Lovecraft’s 1922 pulp horror story, Re-Animator follows Herbert West, a brilliant but deranged scientist conducting clandestine experiments within the morgue at Miskatonic University. One day, he reveals to a fellow student his groundbreaking work on the re-animation of fresh corpses. However, his obsession soon sends him further into madness. 

Bride of Re-Animator

MA15+
USA, 1989
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Brian Yuzna
Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Claude Earl Jones
What's it about?
The mad Dr. Herbert West returns in this terrifying sequel, set eight months after the events of Re-Animator. Dr. West and Dr. Cain continue their strange experiments, this time attempting to create the perfect woman by joining the legs of a hooker and the womb of a virgin to the heart of Dr. Cain's dead girlfriend. A grisly and witty tribute to The Bride of Frankenstein.

[REC]

MA15+
Spain, 2007
Genre: Horror
Language: Spanish
Director: Paco Plaza, Jaume Balagueró
Starring: Pablo Rosso, Jorge Serrano, Ferran Terraza, Manuela Velasco
What's it about?
A demonic, cinema verité horror film in which a television reporter and her unseen cameraman become trapped in a building with biting, blood-lusting monsters. Shot in Barcelona, with a "shaky camera" technique a la Blair Witch, this terrifying film has proved a surprise hit in Spain and spawned a series of sequels, also available at SBS On Demand.

[REC] 2

MA15+
Spain, 2009
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: Spanish
Director: Jaume Balagueró
Starring: Jonathan D. Mellor, Manuela Velasco, Óscar Zafra
What's it about?
This sequel picks up where [REC] left off, as a group of teenagers break into a quarantined zone that has been besieged with demon-possessed zombies, and capture the subsequent blood bath with camcorders. Meanwhile, a trigger-happy SWAT team shoots anything that moves. 

[REC] 3: Genesis

MA15+
Spain, 2012
Genre: Horror
Language: Spanish, French
Director: Paco Plaza
Starring: Leticia Dolera, Diego Martin, Ismael Martínez
What's it about?
The action of the third chapter of the [REC] franchise is set before, during and after the stories of [REC] and [REC 2], and takes a more comedic turn than its predecessors. It follows a couple whose wedding turns into a nightmare as their guests turn into blood-thirsty monsters.

The Red Shoes

MA15+
South Korea, 2005
Genre: Horror
Language: Korean
Director: Yong-gyun Kim
Starring: Yeon-ah Park, Seong-su Kim, Hye-su Kim
What's it about?
Director Kim Yong-gyun's Korean horror version of the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, "The Red Shoes". The life of a young woman spirals out of control after she finds a nice pair of pink high-heeled shoes on a subway platform. Indeed, anyone who sees her new shoes instantly becomes obsessed with them and tries at all costs to take them away from her.

The Signal

MA15+
USA, 2007
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Directors: David Bruckner, Jacob Gentry, Dan Bush
Starring: Anessa Ramsey, Justin Welborn, Sahr Ngaujah
What's it about?
This excellent three-part horror film, each shot by a different director, sees the citizens of the city of Terminus fall prey to a mysterious transmission that pulses through all electronic devices and transforms rational, sane people into murderous, rampaging psychopaths. Gruesome, funny, and surprisingly insightful about the failings of modern society.

Julia's Eyes

MA15+
Spain, 2010
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: Spanish
Director: Guillem Morales
Starring: Belen Rueda, Lluís Homar, Pablo Derqui
What's it about?
A wonderfully creepy Spanish thriller presented by Guillermo del Toro, which you might want to avoid watching while alone in the house. Belen Rueda (The Orphanage) stars as Julia, a woman suffering from a degenerative eye disease, who starts to feel the unnerving presence of a shadowy figure in her life after the apparent suicide of her (also) blind sister. 

 

 


GENRE: Martial Arts

Black Belt

M
Japan, 2007
Genre: Drama, Action, Foreign
Language: Japanese
Director: Shunichi Nagasaki
Starring: Akihito Yagi, Tatsuya Naka, Yuji Suzuki
What's it about?
Set in Japanese-controlled Manchuria in 1932, the three students of a karate dojo must choose to join the powerful Japanese army or stay behind and defend their dojo, leading to a confrontation between two disciples that will determine the fate of their master's legacy. Beautifully filmed with very realistic martial arts scenes (the three students are played by real-life karate masters), this movie reflects on the ethical choices one has to make between darkness and light.

 


GENRE: Comedy/Romance

 

Grave Decisions

M
Germany, 2006
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: German
Director: Marcus H. Rosenmüller
Starring: Markus Krojer, Franz Xaver Brückner, Fritz Karl
What's it about?
This funny and heartwarming comedy set in Bavaria follows an 11-year-old boy obsessed with death and redemption, and his awkward attempts at achieving immortality through procreation and rock fame.

Men in the City (1 & 2)

M
Germany, 2010
Genre: Comedy
Language: German
Director: Simon Verhoeven
Starring: Til Schweiger, Christian Ulmen, Nadja Uhl
What's it about?
This hilarious German take on Sex & the City  offers a male perspective on sex and relationships, following six very different men and their struggles with women, work and family. As the movie progresses, their stories begin to diverge and some of these endearing characters even pop up in the also amusing sequel (Men in the City 2).

Men in the City Review

Like Chef, Like God

PG
Greece, 2004
Genre: Comedy
Language: Greek
Director: Stergios Niziris
Starring: Giorgos Nakos, Giorgos Karamihos, Theodora Tzimou
What's it about?
Foodies will enjoy this charming Greek comedy about a happy-go-lucky young man turned top chef, who becomes so obsessed with becoming the best at his craft that he starts alienating the people who actually care about him.

LOL

M
France, 2008
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Lisa Azuelos
Starring: Sophie Marceau, Christa Theret, Jérémy Kapone
What's it about?
This feelgood French teen comedy, a smash hit that was remade in the US with Miley Cyrus, stars Sophie Marceau as a single mum whose teenage daughter Lola experiences her first loves and inevitable heartbreaks. (Also worth a look for some improbable mid-noughties haircuts sported by the young highschoolers.)

Ferpect Crime

MA15+
Spain, 2004
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Language: Spanish
Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Starring: Enrique Villén, Luis Varela, Mónica Cervera, Guillermo Toledo
What's it about?
You may never shop retail again after watching this madcap Spanish black comedy set inside a successful department store. The head of Ladies' Wear will stop at nothing for the coveted promotion to floor manager, even bumping off his arch rival in the process. The arrival of a reality TV crew complicates matters, and what was a Jerry Lewis farce takes on hints of Hitchcock. 

Her Whole Life Ahead

M
Italy, 2008
Genre: Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Paolo Virzì
Starring: Isabella Ragonese, Massimo Ghini, Valerio Mastandrea
What's it about?
This sharp satire exposes the harsh reality of the employment world in contemporary Italy, with the story of Marta, a philosophy graduate who has to turn to telemarketing to make a living. She becomes immersed in a weird world of motivational team-bonding exercises, crazy managers, and dodgy company practices.

Welcome To The South

M
Italy,
Genre: Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Luca Miniero
Starring: Alessandro Siani, Claudio Bisio, Angela Finocchiaro
What's it about?
This feelgood comedy, adapted from French hit Welcome to the Sticks, turns prejudice on its head with a fish-out-of-water tale, switching the North of France for the South of Italy. It follows Alberto, a frustrated postal manager who after scheming to be transferred to his dream city Milan, finds himself demoted to a backwater in the south instead.

The Salt of Life

PG
Italy, 2011
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Gianni Di Gregorio
Starring: Gianni Di Gregorio, Alfonso Santagata, Valeria De Franciscis
What's it about?
A touching comedy about getting old and loving it, in which a 60-year-old, ignored by his wife and smothered by his hypochondriac mother, decides to emulate his friends, who are all having affairs with beautiful younger women.

The Salt of Life Review

Marriage and Other Disasters

M
Italy, 2010
Genre: Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Nina Di Majo
Starring: Fabio Volo, Margherita Buy, Francesca Inaudi
What's it about?
This other romantic comedy about "mature" love follows the misadventures of a single 40-something bookstore owner (Margherita Buy, recently seen in Nanni Moretti's Mia Madre), when she is asked to plan her sister’s wedding with the help of her future brother-in-law. Anything that can go wrong, does. 

Sorry if I Want to Marry You

M
Italy, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Federico Moccia
Starring: Michela Quattrociocche, Francesco Apolloni, Luca Angeletti
What's it about?
This charming sequel to Sorry If I Love You, also based on director Federico Moccia's best-selling novel, follows advertising exec Alex and Niki, still very much in love after three years together. But when 20-year-old Niki returns to university and socialises with people her own age, Alex's jealousy threatens their Impending nuptials. 

Shall We Kiss?

PG
France, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Emmanuel Mouret
Starring: Emmanuel Mouret, Virginie Ledoyen, Julie Gayet
What's it about?
This oh-so-French romantic comedy in the vein of Woody Allen directed by and starring Emmanuel Mouret offers a humourous look at adultery and how even the most innocuous kiss can have unexpected consequences. 

Why You Should Watch: Shall We Kiss?

JCVD

M
Belgium, 2009
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Mabrouk El Mechri
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Francois Damiens, Jean-Francois Wolff
What's it about?
The muscles from Brussels plays a downtrodden version of himself in this dark satire, as an unemployed, divorced actor on a visit in his home country. His life is turned upside when he walks in on a robbery at the Post Office and is mistaken by the authorities for the perpetrator.

JCVD Review

Louise-Michel

M
France, Belgium, 2008
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Gustave de Kervern, Benoét Delépine
Starring: Yolande Moreau, Albert Dupontel, Benoît Poelvoorde
What's it about?
In this outrageous and absurd black comedy starring Yolande Moreau (Seraphine) and Benoît Poelvoorde (Romantics Anonymous), a group of retrenched female factory workers decide to take action in a radical way, not by going Full Monty and doing a nude calendar, but by hiring a hit man to liquidate their boss.

Gordos

MA15+
Spain, 2009
Genre: Comedy
Language: Spanish
Director: Daniel Sánchez Arévalo
Starring: Antonio de la Torre, Roberto Enríquez, Verónica Sánchez
What's it about?
This Spanish comedy drama gets to grips with all the weighty issues that afflict us. The moving story follows a host of characters struggling to lose weight and attending group therapy, to investigate the source of their body issues. 

Ugly Melanie

M
France, 2008
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Jean-Patrick Benes, Allan Mauduit
Starring: Marilou Berry, Frédérique Bel, Pierre-François Martin-Laval
What's it about?
"Amélie breaks bad" could be a way to describe this dark comedy about a young woman who, tired of being humiliated by her family, colleagues and friends, decides to take her revenge on all the people who ruined her life. But learning how to be mean is not that easy.

Seducing Doctor Lewis

M
Canada, 2003
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Jean-François Pouliot
Starring: Guy Vaillancourt, Rita Lafontaine, David Boulin, Raymond Bouchard
What's it about?
This light Canadian comedy has a group of remote villagers go to increasingly desperate lengths to try convince a doctor to take up full-time residency and in so doing, land them a big-time factory contract. They devise a scheme to make Dr. Lewis a local with a bit of seductive subterfuge - a tapped phone, a hastily assembled cricket team, and something called Festival de Beef Stroganoff.

Manitou's Shoe

M
Germany, 2001
Genre: Comedy, Western
Language: German
Director: Michael Herbig
Starring: Marie Bäumer, Sky Dumont, Christian Tramitz, Michael Herbig
What's it about?
A ridiculously non-politically correct take on German Westerns of the 1960s, which follows the Chief of the Apache Indians and his blood brother as they set off to hunt for treasure, hidden in a mountain shaped like a shoe. This equal opportunity offender is big, dumb fun, and it did huge business in Germany.

 

 


GENRE: Documentary

 

Favela Rising

M
Brazil, 2005
Genre: Documentary
Language: Portuguese
Director: Matt Mochary, Jeff Zimbalist
What's it about?
A beautifully-filmed, inspirational documentary about a nonviolent cultural movement called Afro-reggae led by a slum-dweller in Rio de Janeiro. Anderson Sá is a former drug-trafficker who, through hip-hop music, rallies his community to counteract the violent oppression enforced by teenage drug armies and corrupt police.

This is Not a Film

G
Iran, 2010
Genre: Documentary
Language: Persian-Farsi
Director: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi
Starring: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi
What's it about?
This profound documentary, filmed almost entirely inside Jafar Panahi’s apartment in Tehran, examines his experience of being under house arrest in Iran. The Iranian writer/director of internationally acclaimed films such as The White Balloon and The Circle (also available at SBS On Demand) reacts against censorship and expresses his frustration of not being allowed to do what he values most - to make films.

This is Not a Film Review
More about Jafar Panahi

 

 


GENRE: Drama

Apocalypto

MA15+
USA, 2006
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Language: Maya
Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernández, Jonathan Brewer
What's it about?
Mel Gibson's fascinating film, beautifully shot by cinematographer Dean Semler, was nominated for three Oscars and is arguably his greatest achievement. Set in the year 1511, as Mayan civilisation was coming to an end, this fast-paced adventure movie depicts the journey of Jaguar Paw, a tribal man whose village is destroyed and who must rescue his family.

Dean Semler: 5 reasons why Hollywood's greatest want to work with this Aussie

Machuca

M
Uk/Chile/Spain, 2004
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: Spanish
Director: Andrés Wood
Starring: Matías Quer, Ariel Mateluna, Manuela Martelli
What's it about?
Set in the days leading up to the 1973 military coup in Chile, Machuca is an evocative and heart-warming coming-of-age tale seen through the eyes of two 11-year-old boys, who become fast friends despite coming from different social classes and ideologies. An international festival hit featuring a powerful 1970s soundtrack.

Onegin

M
UK, 1999
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Martha Fiennes
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Lena Headey, Liv Tyler
What's it about?
Martha Fiennes directs her older brother Ralph in this innovative adaptation of the classic 19th Century Russian novel. Eugene Onegin is a jaded socialite whose indifference jeopardises an opportunity to experience deep and abiding love. In the tradition of Dr ZhivagoOnegin features great performances, clever dialogue and stunning cinematography. 

Onegin review: Fiennes fits the bill as a romantically tortured soul

Wild Blood

M
Italy, France, 2008
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Language: Italian, French
Director: Marco Tullio Giordana
Starring: Monica Bellucci, Luca Zingaretti, Alessio Boni
What's it about?
Starring Monica Bellucci and Luca Zingaretti, this fascinating period film tells the true story of two movie stars in the heyday of Fascist cinema: the glamourous Luisa Ferida and her cocaine-addicted lover Osvaldo Valenti, who were accused of conspiring with the Fascists. 

The Volcano

M
Germany, 1999
Genre: Drama
Language: German, French
Director: Ottokar Runze
Starring: Nina Hoss, Meret Becker, Sylvester Groth
What's it about?
Adapted from Klaus Mann's famous novel, this epic drama starring the excellent Nina Hoss (Phoenix) follows two sisters after they flee Berlin and the rise of the Nazis in 1937, each taking radically different paths during the war. One of them migrates to Paris and becomes a passionate fighter against fascism, while the other risks being destroyed by it. 

The Tunnel (Part 1 & 2)

M
Germany, 2001
Genre: Action, Drama, Foreign, Thriller
Language: German
Director: Roland Suso Richter
Starring: Heino Ferch, Alexandra Maria Lara, Sebastian Koch
What's it about?
This gripping two-part drama inspired by true events follows a group of East Berliners in the 1960s as they hatch a daring plot to cross the border to West Berlin through a 132km-long underground tunnel, under constant threat of being discovered by the authorities.


Harry's Daughters

M
Sweden, 2005
Genre: Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Richard Hobert
Starring: Lena Endre, Amanda Ooms, Jørgen Langhelle
What's it about?
This intense, heartbreaking drama/psycho-thriller features great performances from its female leads as two pregnant sisters, whose relationship unravels after one of them delivers a stillborn child.

Family Law

PG
Argentina, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Daniel Burman
Starring: Daniel Hendler, Julieta Díaz, Arturo Goetz
What's it about?
As he adjusts to being a husband and father, lawyer Ariel Perelman meditates on the ways in which he is similar to - and so very different from - his own lawyer father. A thoughtful and touching film, dealing with family relationships in an insightful and subtly comic way.

Dresden: The Inferno Part 1 & 2

M
Germany, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: German, English
Director: Roland Suso Richter
Starring: Felicitas Woll, John Light, Benjamin Sadler
What's it about?
This gripping two-part drama follows a young German nurse and her impossible romance with a British pilot, set against the massive bombing of Dresden by the Allies at the end of World War II. It also manages to convey the horror of war with some very realistic and shocking scenes of the destruction of Dresden and its inhabitants.

Les Misérables (Part 1, 2, 3 & 4)

PG
France, 2000
Genre: History, Drama
Language: French
Director: Josée Dayan
Starring: Gerard Depardieu, John Malkovich, Virginie Ledoyen, Charlotte Gainsbourg
What's it about?
Boasting a cracking cast and shot in Prague with lavish production values, this four-part spin on Victor Hugo’s epic French Restoration novel 'Les Misérables' tells the story of ex-convict turned businessman/politician Jean Valjean (Depardieu), whose life changes when he rescues young orphan Cosette from the hands of the cruel Thénardiers.

Salvador

M
Spain, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: French, Spanish
Director: Manuel Huerga
Starring: Daniel Brühl, Tristán Ulloa, Leonardo Sbaraglia, 
What's it about?
A heart-wrenching, eye-opening portrait of young Catalan anarchist and bank robber Salvador Puig Antich (flawlessly played by multi-linguist German actor Daniel Brühl, Inglourious Basterds), whose 1974 execution under the dictatorship of General Franco ushered in a period of unrest that helped Spain make the transition to democracy.

Sacrifice

MA15+
China, 2010
Genre: Drama, History
Language: Mandarin
Director: Chen Kaige
Starring: Ge You, Xuequi Wang, Xiaoming Huang
What's it about?
Set in the 6th Century B.C, Chinese director Chen Kaige’s masterpiece Sacrifice is an epic story of the pursuit of power, love, guilt, deception and revenge, as well as an exploration of the frayed but unbreakable bond between father and son. When sinister army general Tu'an Gu overthrows the powerful Zhao clan, a humble doctor adopts the Zhao infant heir, the only survivor of the massacre and raises him as his own.

SBS On Demand: Chen Kaige Double Bill
Sacrifice Review

Travellers and Magicians

PG
Bhutan, 2003
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Language: Dzongkha 
Director: Khyentse Norbu
Starring: Tsewang Dandup, Sonam Lhamo, Sonam Kinga
What's it about?
This spectacular, contemplative road movie follows Dondup, a young government officer bored with his life in a rural Bhutanese village, who dreams of starting afresh in America. He goes on a journey across Bhutan with a group of travellers, including a monk who annoys him with irritating truths hidden in a mystical story of magic, desire and murder.

Paper Birds

M
Spain, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Emilio Aragón
Starring: Imanol Arias, Lluís Homar, Roger Príncep
What's it about?
This bittersweet, emotional film shining a light on the hardships faced by the Spanish people after the Civil War by following a musician, a ventriloquist and an orphan child as they travel across Spain to escape the misery around them with their music and performances. 

The Circle

PG
Iran, 2000
Genre: Drama
Language: Persian-Farsi
Director: Jafar Panahi
Starring: Nargess Mamizadeh, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy, Maryiam Palvin Almani
What's it about?
Set in Tehran, Jafar Panahi's masterpiece offers a look at seven women facing oppression and traumas in a society where they have no say, and where being born a baby girl brings sadness rather than joy to her parents.

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Ordo

M
France, Portugal, Canada, 2004
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Laurence Ferreira Barbosa
Starring: Roschdy Zem, Marie-Josée Croze, Margaux Vallé
What's it about?
Roschdy Zem (Point Blank) stars in this sensual movie as a man who finds out that his ex-wife, who was only 16 when they were briefly married, is now a movie star (Marie-Josée Croze, The Barbarian Invasions). Intrigued, he decides to investigate further and finds himself drawn in an unexpected game of seduction.

Four Minutes

MA15+
Germany, 2006
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: German
Director: Chris Kraus
Starring: Monica Bleibtreu, Hannah Herzsprung, Sven Pippig, Richy Muller
What's it about?
This stunning drama depicts the intense relationship between two opposed women with a common passion: music. Monica Bleibtreu (Moritz Bleibtreu's mother) plays an elderly piano teacher, who takes on an immensely gifted but troubled student, a violent psychopath, at the women's prison where she has taught since WWII.

Four Minutes review

The Taste of Money

M
South Korea, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Korean
Director: Sang-soo Im
Starring: Kang-woo Kim, Yun-shik Baek, Yeo-Jung Yoon
What's it about?
Director Sang-soo (The Housemaid) takes aim at the rich and powerful in this intriguing melodrama set in the expensive suburbs of Seoul. When the private assistant of a wealthy socialite reveals her husband's salacious affair, he is entangled in a web of sex, love and deceit that could threaten his life and career. 

The Taste of Money Review

The Twilight Samurai

M
Japan, 2002
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Japanese
Director: Yôji Yamada
Starring: Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Min Tanaka
What's it about?
Nominated for an Academy Award and Berlin's Golden Bear, veteran director Yoji Yamada's brilliant movie (his 77th feature!) offers a mellow, contemplative exploration of the everyday lives of the samurai in the mid-19th century, bound by tradition, status and honour.

Sacred Heart

M
Italy, 2005
Genre: Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
Starring: Barbora Bobulova, Camille Dugay Comencini, Lisa Gastoni
What's it about?
Turkish-born director Ferzan Ozpetek explores love, tolerance and sacrifice in this award-winning drama, in which a successful businesswoman has a spiritual awakening when she meets a streetwise young girl with a social conscience. 

Turtles Can Fly

M
Iran/Iraq, 2004
Genre: Drama, War
Language: Kurdish
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Starring: Soran Ebrahim, Avaz Latif, Saddam Hossein Feysal 
What's it about?
Shot in an active war zone with incredible non-professional actors, Turtles Can Fly is harrowing tale about war and the survival of the human spirit. It follows a group of refugee children near the Iraqi-Turkish border, as they await their fate on the eve of the American invasion.

Turtles Can Fly Review

Swing

PG
France, 2001
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Language: French, Romanian
Director: Tony Gatlif
Starring: Tchavolo Schmitt, Lou Rech, Oscar Copp
What's it about?
This beautiful film by Tony Gatlif (Exiles) is not only a showcase for gypsy music, which he's celebrated in many of his movies, but a story of discovery, friendship and love. It follows a 10-year old boy, who befriends a young gypsy girl named Swing, and starts taking guitar lessons from one of the musicians in her community.

Swing Review

Transylvania

M
France, 2006
Genre: Drama, Musical
Language: Romanian, French, English, Italian, Hungarian
Director: Tony Gatlif
Starring: Asia Argento, Amira Casar, Birol Áœnel
What's it about?
This vibrant, emotional movie by Tony Gatlif is another love letter to gypsy music and culture. Starring the sultry Asia Argento, it follows a rebellious Italian woman as she throws herself into a romantic quest to search for her lover in Transylvania and immerses herself in the fascinating Romanian gypsy lifestyle.

No Hard Feelings

M
France, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Yves Hanchar
Starring: Thierry Lhermitte, Milan Mauger, Benoét Cauden
What's it about?
A charming and heart-warming drama set in the 1950s at a Belgium boarding school for sons of soldiers that perished during the WWII conflict. When seventeen-year-old Laurent Matagne starts suspecting that his mysterious and unorthodox French teacher (Thierry Lhermitte) might be his own missing WWII fighter pilot father, he sets out to investigate.

Vitus

PG
Switxzerland, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: Swiss, German, English
Director: Fredi M. Murer
Starring: Teo Gheorghiu, Fabrizio Borsani, Bruno Ganz
What's it about?
A spirited and uplifting drama about a child prodigy's struggle to shake the burden of genius and live a normal childhood. Vitus is a boy prodigy pianist with ambitious parents, but he wants to follow his own star, and seeks refuge with his grandfather (played by the always excellent Bruno Ganz, Downfall), the only one who understands him.

Teddy Bear

M
Denmark, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish, Thai
Director: Mads Matthiesen
Starring: Elsebeth Steentoft, David Winters, Kim Kold
What's it about?
Dennis, a cripplingly shy 38-year-old bodybuilder who lives with his mother, decides to head to Thailand in the hope of finding true love. But he soon discovers real love is very different from what he naively believes it be. A gentle, sweet movie about finding love and finding oneself in the process.

The Chimp

M
Kyrgyzstan , 2001
Genre: Drama
Language: Russian
Director: Aktan Abdykalykov
Starring: Mirlan Abdykalykov, Sergej Golovkin, Dzylykcy Dzakypov
What's it about?
This coming-of-age film from Kyrgyzstan follows a 17-year-old's poor attempts at losing his virginity over summer before he has to join the army. Despite its bleak premises, this fascinating slice of life of rural Central Asia is full of humour and tenderness for its characters.

Gipsy

MA15+
Spain, 2000
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Manuel Palacios
Starring: Joaquín Cortés, Laetitia Casta, Marta Belaustegui
What's it about?
Fans of flamenco music and French model/actress Laetitia Casta will enjoy this Spanish noir set in the labyrinthine gypsy surrounds of Granada. It follows a young musician, who after finally being released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, finds himself forced by Gypsy law to restore his family's honour.

Father’s Chair

M
Brazil, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: Portuguese, International
Director: Luciano Moura
Starring: Wagner Moura, Lima Duarte, Mariana Lima, Brás Antunes
What's it about?
A gripping, existential road movie, carried by a wonderful performance by Wagner Moura as a successful doctor whose seemingly perfect crumbles when his 15-year-old son goes missing. In a journey that leads him throughout Brazil in search of his son, he discovers what really matters to him. 

Our Music

M
Switzerland, France, 2004
Genre: Drama, Foreign, History
Language: Arabic, French, Hebrew, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Sarah Adler, Nade Dieu, Rony Kramer
What's it about?
Our Music is French cult director Jean-Luc Godard's poetic meditation on war, violence and defeat, divided into three "kingdoms": Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. Superbly directed and edited, this is an accessible Godard movie that should not only appeal to his aficionados, but to wider audiences as well.

When We Leave

MA15+
Germany, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: German
Director: Feo Aladag
Starring: Sibel Kekilli, Derya Alabora, Settar Tanriogen
What's it about?
Sibel Kekilli (better known for her role as Shae in Game of Thrones) gives a fine performance in this realistic drama as Umay, a young woman of Turkish descent caught between the expectations of her traditional culture and the emotional wounds it inflicts upon her family as she strives to break free of it.

 

 


 

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