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13 Apr 2017 - 3:43 PM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2017 - 3:52 PM

 

Khumba

G
South Africa, 2013
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
Language: English
Director: Anthony Silverston
Starring: Jake T. Austin, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne, Liam Neeson
What's it about?
The very little ones will love the adventures of Khumba, a young South African zebra who was born half-striped. When his birth coincides with a drought, Khumba ia branded a curse and he leaves the herd in search of his missing stripes. He's joined on his quest by an overprotective wildebeest and an outgoing ostrich. A nice little lesson in tolerance, with a star-studded cast (Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne, Liam Neeson), and some catchy musical numbers.

 

Asterix and Obelix Vs Caesar

PG
France, 1999
Genre: Adventure
Language: French
Director: Claude Zidi
Starring: Roberto Benigni, Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier
What's it about?
Asterix and Obelix vs Caesar is the first of four live-action movie adaptations of the much-loved cult Franco-Belgian comic book. In 50 B.C., the whole Gaul country is under Roman occupation... except for one small village, which keeps resisting the invaders. But when Roman Emperor Julius Caesar kidnaps the village druid, the shrewd Asterix (Christian Clavier), and his large and naive friend Obelix (Depardieu), go on a mission to rescue him. (English subtitles)

 

Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra

PG
France, Germany, 2002
Genre: Family, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
Language: German, French, Arabic, , Latin
Director: Alain Chabat
Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, Monica Bellucci, Alain Chabat, Jamel Debbouze
What's it about?
This sequel proved a major hit when it came out in 2002, thanks to a star-studded cast and its non-stop puns and pop culture references. When Cleopatra (Monica Bellucci), Queen of Egypt, orders the construction of a palace in only three months, architect Numerobis decides to call on the help of his friends Asterix and Obelix, druid Getafix, the only ones who can save him from the crocodile pit. (English subtitles)

 

Astérix and Obélix: God Save Britannia

PG
France, 2012
Genre: Family, Adventure, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Laurent Tirard
Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Edouard Baer, Fabrice Luchini
What's it about?
Depardieu returns as Obelix alongside the "crème de la crème" of French actors (Fabrice Luchini, Catherine Deneuve, Dany Boon) in this adventure which sees our favourite Gallic duo travel to Britain, under attack by Julius Caesar. A small British village still holds out, but its inhabitants need a little help from their Gallic friends (and their magic potion) to resist the enemy. (English subtitles)

 

Babies

G
France, 2010
Genre: Documentary
Language: Very little dialogue. Incidental English, Japanese, Mongolian 
Director: Thomas Balmès
Starring: Ponijao, Marie, Hattie, Bayar
What's it about?
Only the hardest of hearts are immune to this adorable documentary, which follows the first year on earth of four babies from different countries and cultures. From Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo, Thomas Balmès' film offers a heartwarming insight into each of these small humans' journeys, that are both unique and universal. Its lack of dialogue makes it suitable for all ages.  

Babies: Thomas Balmes interview
Babies review: An adorable insight into the world of tiny tots

 

Charlie Chaplin: The Kid

G
USA, 1921
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Charles Chaplin
Starring: Charles Chaplin, Jackie Coogan, Edna Purviance
What's it about?
Considered one of Charlie Chaplin's best films, The Kid also made a star of little Jackie Coogan, who plays an abandoned boy taken in by The Tramp. Later, the boy's mother has a change of heart and aches to be reunited with her son. When she finds him and wrests him from The Tramp, it makes for what turns out be one of the most heart-wrenching scenes ever included in a comedy.

SBS On Demand: Charlie Chaplin Movie Marathon

 

The Red Balloon

G
France, 1956
Genre: Classic
Language: French
Director: Albert Lamorisse
Starring: Pascal Lamorisse, Georges Sellier, Sabine Lamorisse
What's it about?
In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris. The two become inseparable, yet the world’s harsh realities finally interfere. With its glorious palette and allegorical purity, this 1957 Oscar-winning classic short has enchanted generations of movie lovers.

Flight of the Red Balloon Review

The beloved 1956 Oscar-winning French short film 'The Red Balloon' leaves SBS On Demand on April 30th.
 

The Finishers

PG
France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Nils Tavernier
Starring: Jacques Gamblin, Fabien Héraud, Alexandra Lamy
What's it about?
This wonderful weepie was inspired by true events, and tells the story of a disabled teenager trying to reconnect with his dad through jointly competing in an iron man contest. We guarantee there won't be a dry eye left in the house by the time this touching French drama reaches the finish line.

Watch interview with director Niels Tavernier
Read our review

 

Spellbound

G
USA, 2002
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jeffrey Blitz
What's it about?
This Oscar-nominated documentary follows eight teens and pre-teens competing at the Scripps Howard national spelling bee championship in Washington D.C. As these plucky kids spell their way to the finals, we get to know them and their families, and share in their terror and their triumphs. When David and Margaret reviewed Spellbound for The Movie Show in 1999, David said: "in some ways its as suspenseful as anything Hitchcock ever did". He's right.

Word nerds rejoice: We've got 'Spellbound' available to watch online
Spellbound Review

 

 

 

And for the older kids...

 

Beauty and the Beast

M
France, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Christophe Gans
Starring: Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, André Dussollier
What's it about?
If the recent live-action Disney version of Beauty and the Beast has left you wanting for more, you'll love this stunning – but slightly darker – take on the classic French tale, which stars two of the biggest names of French cinema. Léa Seydoux plays the young Belle, who when her father finds himself indebted to the Beast (Vincent Cassel), offers herself to him as a sacrifice for her family. However, it isn’t death that awaits Belle in the lonely Beast’s castle, but a life of magic, melancholy and romance. (English Subtitles, adult themes)

 

 

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

M
France, 2010
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Mystery
Language: French
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche
What's it about?
A longtime comic book fan, director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) had a lot fun adapting the adventures of comics artist Jacques Tardi's most popular heroine, Adèle Blanc-Sec. Set in 1912 Paris, this fast-paced visual feast à la Indiana Jones follows Adèle, an intrepid journalist and travel writer played with sass by Louise Bourgoin (A Happy Event), as she finds herself dealing with would-be suitors, cops, mummies, and other monsters. (English subtitles, adult themes)

 

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