• Amelie (2001). (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
Join us on SBS every Saturday for a star-studded French movie season. See the magnifique lineup below (includes links to catch-up at SBS On Demand).
SBS Movies

24 Jul 2015 - 5:21 PM  UPDATED 24 Aug 2015 - 9:30 AM

The Finishers

Saturday August 1st, 9:00pm

(drama/sport, 2013)

Director: Nils Tavernier
Starring: Jacques Gamblin, Alexandra Lamy, Fabien Héraud
What's it about?
The Finishers, inspired by the true story of US-based Team Hoyt, follows wheelchair-bound teenager Julien (played Fabien Héraud, himself living with disability) who lives with his parents, Claire and Paul, in the Alps. But when Paul, who has never really accepted his son's disability, loses his job and becomes more and more bitter, Julien tries to reconnect with him by suggesting they run the Ironman race together. Paul, a former triathlon champion, categorically refuses at first, but Julien is determined, and the two embark on a gruelling training, despite Claire's fears of Julien injuring himself, to make it to the end of the race (filmed during the actual 2012 Ironman competition in Nice). Even though the title gives a bit of the ending away, you'll be in for an exciting ride, and we guarantee there won't be a dry eye left in the house!

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The Intouchables

Saturday August 8th, 9:00pm

(biography/comedy/drama, 2011)

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Starring: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Audrey Fleurot
What's it about?
Based on the true story of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and his French-Algerian caregiver Abdel Sellou, The Intouchables is the highest-grossing movie in France behind Titanic and Welcome to the Sticks. French star François Cluzet (Tell No One) plays Philippe, an aristocrat who became a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident and who, against the advice of his entourage, decides to hire a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. Played by comedian Omar Sy (Mood Indigo), Driss has no experience – hell, he only presented himself at the job interview to get a signature and cash his unemployment benefits. He also has an infectious "joie de vivre" and is brutally honest... Which is just what Philippe wants: to be treated without pity. Can they make this work despite the huge class and culture clash?

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Café de Flore

Saturday August 15th, 9:00pm

(drama, 2011)

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent, Hélène Florent
What's it about?
Jean-Marc Vallée, who following his 2005 success C.R.A.Z.Y., went on to direct big Hollywood films such as Dallas Buyers Club and Wild, offers us two intertwined love stories, set 50 years apart. Beautifully photographed, and showcasing Vallee's usual knack for great soundtracks (with songs by Sigur Ros, Pink Floyd, The Cure), Café de Flore also benefits from great performances, particularly from Vanessa Paradis (Heartbreaker ) as a protective single mother.

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Read interview with director Jean-Marc Vallée


Rust and Bone

Saturday August 22nd, 9:00pm

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(drama/romance, 2012)

Director: Jacques Audiard
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure
What's it about?
Jacques Audiard's unforgettable Rust and Bone explores a love that is forged in the aftermath of tragedy. Matthias Schoenaerts imparts rawness and strength in his role as Alain, a struggling single father, who a bond with Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), a beautiful killer whale trainer, who suffers a freak workplace injury. Stephanie finds in Alain a shoulder to lean on without the pity that she inspires to others, while he craves her support when he gets into a dangerous occupation.

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Saturday August 29th, 9:00pm
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Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Dominique Pinon
What's it about?
Following the darkness of Delicatessen, and The City of Lost Children, Jean-Pierre Jeunet felt the need for a real feel-good, luminous story. Mission accomplished with Amelie, which came out in 2001 like a breath of fresh air. The nostalgia, optimism and so-French whimsy of its star Audrey Tautou won the hearts of millions all over the world, remaining to this day one of the most popular French movies. Raised by her over-protective widowed father, Amelie works at a cafe in Montmartre, happy to observe the world from a distance. When Princess Diana dies in a car accident, her life changes and she is inspired to start helping people around her. But she is still not ready to address her own happiness, even when she meets a young man (Mathieu Kassovitz) who could well be her soulmate. 

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