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SBS Movies

11 Aug 2017 - 1:32 PM  UPDATED 23 Aug 2017 - 11:39 AM

Click each image to play the film in full at SBS On Demand. Please note that the films on this list expire at various times throughout August. (If there is no 'play' button, the film is no longer available).

Be Kind Rewind

USA, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Michel Gondry
Starring: Mos Def, Jack Black, Melonie Diaz, Danny Glover, Mia Farrow
What's it about?
A story of two best friends, one electromagnetic machine, and every movie you've ever loved. What do you do when your boss puts you in charge of his video store (ask your parents, kids), and your klutzy friend accidentally wipes all of the tapes?! Why, you set about remaking all of the store's best rentals, that's what. Who can forget the time Mos Def and Jack Black were in Ghostbusters

Broken Flowers

United States, 2005
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Sharon Stone
What's it about?
Bill Murray is his bemused best in this Jim Jarmusch dramedy about a bachelor trying to determine which of his former flames is the mother of a surprise son.  The ageing lothario learns some home truths once he starts knocking on the doors of women he bedded 20 years ago.  

Broken Flowers review: An exemplary performance from Bill Murray

Viva Riva!

D.R. Congo, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Djo Munga
Starring: Marlene Longange, Hoji Fortuna, Manie Malone, Patcha Bay
What's it about?
Riva is an operator, a man with charm and ambition in equal measure. Kinshasa is an inviting place. With petrol in short supply in DRC's capital, he and his sidekick pursue a plot to get hold of a secret cache – barrels of fuel they can sell for a huge profit.


Israel, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew
Director: Joseph Cedar
Starring: Alma Zack, Alisa Rosen, Shlomo Bar Aba, Lior Ashkenazi
What's it about?
Yuo can't go wrong with this very dry comedy from Israel about an epic rivalry between a father and son. The pair are eccentric professors, who have dedicated their lives to their work at the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The father is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment, and watches on, embittered, as his son strives for accolades. When the tables turn, and the father is to be awarded a top academic prize, the honour lays the pair's jealousies bare. 

Footnote: Lior Ashkenazi interview
Footnote Review

REC 3: Genesis

Spain, 2012
Genre: Horror
Language: French, Catalan, Spanish
Director: Paco Plaza
Starring: Leticia Dolera, Javier Botet, Diego Martin, Ismael Martínez
What's it about?
The scary-good Spanish virus franchise takes a crazy turn in its third instalment, when a wedding reception gets zombified. Koldo (Diego Martin) and Clara (Leticia Dolera) celebrate the most important day of their lives together, but their perfect day soon turns upside down when some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. Amidst the chaos, the newlyweds become separated and begin a desperate search for one another. Make sure you RSVP to this one. 

The Deep

Iceland, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Icelandic
Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Starring: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Jóhann G. Jóhannsson, Thora Bjorg Helga
What's it about?
An extraordinary true-life story of the sole survivor of a shipwreck in the freezing seas off Iceland in 1984. A modern-day everyman's will to survive made him both an inexplicable scientific phenomenon and a genuine national hero.

Beauty and the Beast

France, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Christophe Gans
Starring: Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, André Dussollier, Eduardo Noriega, Audrey Lamy
What's it about?
Director Christophe Gans adapts the classic French fairy tale of unexpected romance between the youngest daughter (Léa Seydoux) of a ruined merchant and a lonely Beast (Vincent Cassel) who was formerly a prince.

Italy: Love It, or Leave it

Germany, Italy, 2011
Genre: Documentary, Adventure, Drama
Language: German, Italian
Director: Gustav Hofer, Luca Ragazzi
Starring: Gustav Hofer, Luca Ragazzi
What's it about?
Cram yourself into Gustav and Luca's Fiat 500 for a road trip around Italy, as they weigh up the merits of staying in Italy versus leaving it, like so many of their friends are doing. Looking at some defining Italian icons, their emotional journey looks behind the cliches to discover what's left of the famous Italian way of life, as the proud European nation confronts its glorious past, shaky present and uncertain future.

When You're Strange

USA, 2009
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Tom DiCillo
Starring: Johnny Depp (Narrator)
What's it about?
"Is everybody in?" Uncovering historic and previously unseen footage of the illustrious rock quartet, When You're Strange provides new insight into the revolutionary impact of the music and legacy of The Doors, tracing their unique journey from their formation in 1965 through to Jim Morrison's untimely death in 1971. Narrated by Johnny Depp.

Outrage Beyond

MA 15+
Japan, 2012
Genre: Action, Crime
Language: Japanese
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Starring: Kenta Kiritani, Shun Sugata, Toshiyuki Nishida, Machiko Ono, Ken Mitsuishi, Ryô Kase, Takeshi Kitano
What's it about?
Action cinema master Takeshi Kitano returns to the hard boiled characters, black comedy and unflinching violence of his crime masterpiece Outrage in this exciting sequel. This time, a manipulative police crackdown on organised crime has ignited a tricky power struggle in the yakuza underworld.

Outrage Beyond Review


The following movies will be coming - and going! - this month...

Nobody Else But You

France, 2011
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Gérald Hustache-Mathieu
Starring: Guillaume Gouix, Sophie Quinton, Olivier Rabourdin, Jean-Paul Rouve
What's it about?
David Rousseau (Jean-Paul Rouve) is a best-selling Parisian crime novelist, who has terrible writer’s block. Upon arriving in a small village, David hears about a local beauty named Candice Lecoeur (Sophie Quinton) who was found dead recently. Candice believed she was the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe after going under hypnosis, and her death is ruled a suicide caused by sleeping pills. Rousseau does not believe it though, and as the mystery around her death unravels it turns out to be stranger than fiction.

A Better Life

France, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Cedric Kahn
Starring: Guillaume Canet, Leïla Bekhti, Slimane Khettabi
What's it about?
Yann, a cook, and Nadia, a waitress and mother of 9-year-old boy, decide to risk everything on the purchase of a restaurant. With plenty of talent, energy and dreams, but no finance of their own, they find themselves pushed into a jungle of financing and bank loans that quickly overwhelms them both.

Presumed Guilty

France, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Vincent Garenq
Starring: Philippe Torreton, Wladimir Yordanoff, Noemie Lvovsky
What's it about?
The harrowing true story of Alain Marécaux, a respected lawyer, husband and father whose life is shattered by false allegations of child abuse. His fight to prove his innocence in the face of overwhelming injustice is a riveting indictment on our legal systems.


Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

MA15+, 2011
Genre: Action, Drama
Language: Seediq
Director: Te-Sheng Wei
Starring: Lin Ching-Tai, Chi-Wei Cheng, Umin Boya, Vivian Hsu, Masanobu Ando
What's it about?
Tells the true story of the Wushe Incident in which aboriginal Seediq tribe warrior Mouna Rudo led his people to rebel against the Japanese occupation. Rudo’s men of 300 fought with ancient gun, spears and minimal weaponry and seeking to reclaim their land, their dignity and their honor, they took on the Japanese army of 3000 for two weeks.

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale Review


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