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17 Mar 2017 - 3:35 PM  UPDATED 20 Mar 2017 - 2:21 PM

Thirst

MA15+
Korea, 2009
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Park Chan-wook
Starring: Song Kang-ho, Kim Hae-sook, Kim Ok-bin
What's it about?
Iconic Korean director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) loves to let the blood run free. He's not exactly known for doing things in half measures, and he proves it once again with this story of lust, obsession and revenge. A priest becomes infected by a virus that causes him to crave blood and sex. As his moral framework begins to crumble, he feeds his unfamiliar appetites. 

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Departures

M
Japan, 2008
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: Japanese
Director: Yôjirô Takita
Starring: Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryôko Hirosue
What's it about?
Director Yôjirô Takita’s 2009 Best Foreign Language Oscar winner is a profound story of mortality, up there with the best of Japanese cinema. that's high praise, but it's earned. What begins as a story of a family in financial straits evolves into a life-affirming discovery of the ways we grieve. 

Departures Review

Public Enemy Number 1 (Part 1)

MA15+
France, 2009
Genre: Biography, Crime, Thriller
Language: French
Director: Jean-Francois Richet
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Cecile de France, Gérard Depardieu
What's it about?
Have a DIY movie marathon this month and catch cinema's consummate charming bad guy, Vincent Cassel, as France's most notorious criminal. Part one of this acclaimed biopic charts the making of a criminal, as Jacques Mesrine (Cassel) returns from the Algerian war to mid-century Paris. Unable to face the prospect of a regular job and a quiet life, he is drawn to the 'easy' and glamorous life of crime and takes up with a local gang led by ruthless Guido (played by a no nonsense Gérard Depardieu).

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Public Enemy Number 1 (Part 2)

MA15+
Canada, France, 2008
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Biography
Language: French, English
Director: Jean-Francois Richet
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Ludivine Sagnier, Mathieu Amalric
What's it about?
Picking up the Mesrine story in the '70s, Mesrine returns to France and meets the love of his life (played by Ludivine Sagnier). Despite a string of kidnappings and robberies, the talented escape artist and chameleon manages to evade the authorities, to earn the tag 'Public Enemy Number One'. 

Eyes Wide Open

M
Germany, France, Israel, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew, Yiddish
Director: Haim Tabakman
Starring: Isaac Sharry, Tzahi Grad, Ran Danker, Tinkerbell, Zohar Shtrauss
What's it about?
Haim Tabakman’s sensitive debut film tackles the immense cost of coming out within a fundamentalist religious community. A butcher in an ultra-Orthodox are of Jerusalem struggles with questions of faith, commitment and desire, when he falls for his new apprentice. The physical attraction between the pair slowly builds, as the film carefully juxtaposes their private relationship against the wider world from which they risk expulsion.

Eyes Wide Open Review
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Sin Nombre

MA15+
Mexico, 2009
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Cary Fukunaga
Starring: Kristian Ferrer, Paulina Gaitan, Edgar Flores
What's it about?
Director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective and Beasts of No Nation) broke through with this powerful feature, which won him the directing award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. A young woman reunites with her estranged father and attempts to leave Honduras with him, to start a new life in America. They board a freight train and become embroiled in an attempted robbery. It falls to a young gang member to make a decision that will change all of their lives. 

 

Noodle

PG
Israel, 2007
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew, Mandarin
Director: Ayelet Menahemi
Starring: BaoQi Chen, Anat Waxman, Mili Avital
What's it about?
A gorgeous little film about shared connections. A twice-widowed flight attendant, Miri, has her life upended when she is left with her housekeeper's 7-year-old son. The boy speaks no Hebrew, and it transpires that his mother has been deported back to China. While Miri and friends try to wade through Israeli bureaucracy, she and the little boy, dubbed 'Noodle', form a close bond.

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Noodle Review

A Christmas Tale

MA15+
France, 2009
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Devos
What's it about?
"Dysfunctional" can't begin to describe the Vuillard family, whose members reunite for Christmas in the family house upon the news that matriarch Junon (Catherine Deneuve) has been diagnosed with cancer. But the festivities take a nasty turn when the black sheep of the family, Henri (Mathieu Amalric) joins the party, bringing with him tensions and painful memories from the past. As it turns out, he's also the only potential donor who could save Junon's life. A darkly bittersweet gem by Arnaud Desplechin.

SBS On Demand: Catherine Deneuve double bill

 

The Admiral

MA15+
Russia, 2008
Genre: Drama, History, War
Language: Russian
Director: Andrey Kravchuk
Starring: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Anna Kovalchuk, Elizaveta Boyarskaya
What's it about?
Settle in for a sweeping historical romance about Russian naval commander Alexander Kolchak, who became the supreme ruler of Russia during the Russian Civil War. The film follows the personal affairs of the married Kolchak, who falls for Anna, the wife of a friend and fellow officer. Although Kolchak and Anna initially try to resist their passion and are separated in the chaos of the Revolution, they eventually unite in Siberia, where Kolchak is fighting the Bolsheviks.

Just Like Me

MA15+
Argentina, 2009
Genre: Comedy
Language: Spanish
Director: Diego Kaplan
Starring: Florencia Bertotti, Adrián Suar, Claudia Fontán
What's it about?
Freddy is a womaniser on the wrong side of 40 with remarkable luck with the ladies, until one of his would-be one night stands turns out to share the same DNA.  The realisation that he almost schtooped his daughter is the equivalent of a cold shower for this Casanova. Diego Kaplan's Spanish sex comedy with a twist keeps the laughs all in the family, as the two endeavour to get over their really, really awkward beginnings.

Lemon Tree

PG
Israel, France, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew, Arabic, English
Director: Eran Riklis
Starring: Hiam Abbass, Doron Tavory
What's it about?
In this wry border parable from Erin Riklis, a Palestinian woman enters into a fight with the Israeli defence minster, when the latter moves in next door. As Salma takes her fight to Israel’s highest court, she also develops a friendship with the government official’s frustrated wife. 

Lemon Tree Review

Masquerades

PG
Algeria, 2008
Genre: Comedy
Language: Arabic
Director: Lyès Salem
Starring: Lyès Salem, Sarah Reguieg, Mohamed Bouchaïb
What's it about?
Written, directed by and starring Lyès Salem, this comedy of errors tells the story of Mounir, a proud pillar of the community who has a weakness for telling tall tales. He has to do some fast talking when people believe his latest lie: that his narcoleptic sister is engaged to a wealthy Frenchman. 

If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle

MA15+
Romania, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Romanian
Director: Florin Serban
Starring: Marian Bratu, Mihai Constantin, Ada Condeescu
What's it about?
Two weeks before his release from a youth penitentiary, Silviu learns that his ne'er-do-well mother has returned home to Romania to take his little brother back to Italy. In his desperation to stop his mother, Silviu resorts to violence, and takes a young social worker hostage. The tense drama manages to weave unexpected humour into the mix, in its exploration of the concept of 'freedom'.

If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle Review

Hemel

MA15+
Netherlands, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Dutch
Director: Sacha Polak
Starring: Hannah Hoekstra, Hans Dagelet, Rifka Lodeizen
What's it about?
Lust and love are a heady combination for Hemel ('Heaven'), who strings a long a series of one-night stands, and echoes the behaviour of her father. A provocative and moving drama from the Netherlands, with a star-making performance from Hannah Hoekstra as the sexually adventurous Hemel. 

Hemel Review

 

Bang-Bang Wedding!

PG
Greece, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: Greek, English
Director: Christine Crokos
Starring: Alex Dimitriades, Faye Xila, Giorgos Karamihos
What's it about?
Alex Dimitriades (Head On) stars in this fast-paced Greek wedding comedy as Ilias, who arrives in Crete with his fiancée Marina (Faye Xila) for a destination wedding. A small-but-significant typo on the wedding invitation send the guests in different directions on a crazy course into the unknown.

Frog Dreaming

PG
Australia, 1986
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Family
Language: English
Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Starring: Henry Thomas, Tony Barry, Rachel Friend, John Ewart, Katy Manning
What's it about?
This entertaining Aussie family adventure by Brian Trenchard-Smith (BMX Bandits) stars Henry Thomas (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) as Cody, who lives in Australia with his guardian, Gaza. Cody is very imaginative, inventive, and inquisitive. He comes across some strange happenings in Devil's Knob National Park associated with an aboriginal myth about "frog dreamings". Cody tries to investigate...

Why You Should Watch: Frog Dreaming

 

Café du Pont

M
France, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Language: French
Director: Manuel Poirier
Starring: Bernard Campan, Cécile Rebboah, Thomas Durastel
What's it about?
During WWII, on the banks of the Garonne, workers, sailors and philosophers gather at the Café du Pont to do their bit for The Resistance. Ten-year-old Pierrot's parents dedicate all their time and energy to the place, and Pierrot knows that his father discreetly carries out brave actions and that his mother can settle any conflict (in her own way). An authentic recreation of '40s rural France, based on the real story of French musician Pierre Perret.

In the Loop

MA15+
United Kingdom, 2010
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Armando Iannucci
Starring: Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, Tom Hollander
What's it about?
Write a cheque for the swear jar and settle in for this hilarious spin-off to the BBC political comedy The Thick of It. It stars Peter Capaldi as the PM's Director of Communications, who desperately tries to fix the fallout from ill-advised comments from a gaffe-prone junior minister, which threatens the Special relationship between the US and the UK, and increases the likelihood of war in the Middle East. 

In the Loop Review
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25 Carat

MA15+
Spain, 2008
Genre: Thriller
Language: Spanish
Director: Patxi Amezcua
Starring: Francesc Garrido, Aida Folch, Manuel Morón
What's it about?
Abel is a boxer turned debt collector who is struggling to provide for his young son. When he falls in love with beautiful car thief Kay, the couple plans a fresh start. To fund their new law-abiding life, however, they conspire for one last big score. The resulting fiasco takes them on a rough ride through the gritty Barcelona underworld. 

White Material

MA15+
France, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Claire Denis
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert, Isaach De Bankolé 
What's it about?
Isabelle Huppert, woman of the moment and Oscar-nominated French legend, stars as a wilful plantation owner who refuses to leave her land when war and racial tensions tip the (unnamed) African nation into chaos. A beautiful and harrowing film by acclaimed French director Claire Denis. 

White Material Review
SBS On Demand: Isabelle Huppert double bill

 

The Double Hour

M
Italy, 2009
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Language: Italian, Spanish
Director: Giuseppe Capotondi
Starring: Kseniya Rappoport, Filippo Timi, Antonia Truppo
What's it about?
Eastern European Sonia movies to Turin and wants to find a boyfriend. Her experience of speed-dating is underwhelming to say the least, until she meets Guido, an ex-cop turned security guard who has been making the rounds of the singles' scene for a while. Against all odds, the two hit it off and a romance quickly develops.

The Double Hour Review

Winter's Bone

MA15+
United States, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Debra Granik
Starring: John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt, Jennifer Lawrence
What's it about?
Jennifer Lawrence scored her first Oscar nomination for this independent movie by Debra Granik. In her breakthrough role, she plays an unflinching Ozark teenager, who asks unwanted questions of her secretive neighbours, as she hunts down her deadbeat father so as to save the family home from being repossessed. 

Winter's Bone Review
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White as Snow

MA15+
Belgium, 2010
Genre: Thriller
Language: French
Director: Christophe Blanc
Starring: François Cluzet, Louise Bourgoin, Bouli Lanners
What's it about?
François Cluzet (The Intouchables) stars in this fast-paced thriller set in Finland. He plays Maxime, the married manager of flourishing upmarket car dealership. His comfortable lifestyle comes under threat when a business associate is murdered by criminals. When the gang comes after him, Maxime looks to his wayward brothers for help.

The Red Baron

M
Germany, 2008
Genre: Action, War
Language: English
Director: Nikolai Müllerschön
Starring: Matthias Schweighöfer, Til Schweiger, Lena Headey, Joseph Fiennes
What's it about?
Baron Manfred von Richthofen is the most feared and celebrated pilot of the German air force in World War I. To him, air combat is more of a sport than an act of war - until a romance resets his priorities.  Caught between his disgust for the war, and the responsibility for his fighter wing, von Richthofen sets out to fly again.  

The Red Baron Review

 

Love and Rage

M
Denmark, 2000
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish
Director: Morten Giese
Starring: Dejan Cukic, Sara Hjort Ditlevsen, Cyron Bjørn Melville
What's it about?
This taut psychological drama tracks a fragile young piano student's descent into madness. Daniel is talented musician who falls in love with Sofie. As the romance blossoms, Daniel begins to grow jealous and possessive around her - to the point of obsession. 

A Matter of Heart

M
Italy, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Francesca Archibugi
Starring: Antonio Albanese, Kim Rossi Stuart, Micaela Ramazzotti
What's it about?
Garage owner Angelo and big-time film producer Alberto find themselves occupying neighbouring beds in a Rome hospital after suffering heart attacks. Alberto is a gregarious joker - and chain smoker - who has a strong effect on the impressionable Angelo. However, as one of the men's condition deteriorates, the other becomes more deeply involved in his personal life. 

Largo Winch

M
France, Belgium, 2008
Genre: Adventure, Thriller
Language: French, Serbian, Portuguese
Director: Jérôme Salle
Starring: Tomer Sisley, Mélanie Thierry, Anne Consigny, Gilbert Melki
What's it about?
Based on the successful '90s Belgian comic books of the same name, this fast-paced corporate thriller follows the adventures of the reluctant heir of billionaire who dies in suspicious circumstances. In the aftermath, Largo has to contend with drug traffickers, assassins, militia fighters and back-stabbing traders to fulfill his destiny at the head of his father's corporation.

The Regatta

M
Luxembourg, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Bernard Bellefroid
Starring: Joffrey Verbruggen, Sergi López, Thierry Hancisse 
What's it about?
Fifteen-year-old Alex lives alone with his abusive dad, and finds release in rowing. He focuses on winning the Belgian Singles Championships at any cost, and it fills to both his coach, and the young girl Alex is in love with, to help Alex rediscover the human values he has lost.

The Day God Walked Away

M
Belgium, 2009
Genre: Drama, History
Language: French
Director: Philippe Van Leeuw
Starring: Ruth Nirere, Laetitia Reva, Pierrick Le Pochat
What's it about?
A wrenching drama about a young woman caught up in the midst of the brutal Rwandan civil war. Tensions between Tutsis and Hutus have been simmering for years when they finally explode in the spring of 1994. As roving bands of Hutus go on a murderous rampage, Jacqueline, a young Tutsi woman, is forced to hide in her employer's attic. Inspired by actual events. 

 

A Waltz Through the Hills

PG
Australia, 1988
Genre: TV Movie, Adventure, Drama, Family
Language: English
Director: Frank Arnold
Starring: Dan O'Herlihy, Ernie Dingo, Andre Jansen
What's it about?
When Sammy Dean and her older brother Andy are suddenly orphaned, they fear that they will be separated and placed in foster homes. So they set off along on foot, hoping to reach a ship that will take them to England and their only surviving relatives. The two young runaways must make their dangerous journey through some of the world’s harshest terrain- the wilds of the Australian outback.

 

Teenage Kicks

MA15+
Australia, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Craig Boreham
Starring: Miles Szanto, Daniel Webber, Anni Finsterer, Shari Sebbens
What's it about?
An evocative exploration of grief, family, friendships and sexuality. Adapted from short film Drowning, the coming-of-age story Teenage Kicks set in Sydney follows Miklós 'Mik' Varga, a 17 year-old whose plans to head north, come out and start a life with his best friend Dan are disrupted by his brother Tomi's sudden death. Only Mik knows the backstory to the tragedy, and he has to navigate his guilt and explosive sexuality in order to move forward with his own life. 

Watch Patrick Abboud's interview with 'Teenage Kicks' director Craig Boreham

 

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