When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV and SBS On Demand. Find out what's screening where and when.
20 Nov 2017 - 1:23 PM  UPDATED 20 Nov 2017 - 1:23 PM

Monday 20 November

The Names of Love
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2010
Genre: Comedy
Language: French, Greek, Arabic
Director: Michel Leclerc
Starring: Sara Forestier, Jacques Gamblin, Zinedine Soualem
What's it about?
Baya (Sara Forestier) is a young leftwing activist who is trying to change people's political beliefs. Her method for converting the rightwing politicians involves seducing them into sleeping with her. All is going well, until she meets Arthur Martin (Jacques Gamblin).

Biggie and Tupac
12:00PM, NITV

MA15+
United Kingdom, 2002
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nick Broomfield
Starring: Tupac Amaru Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Nick Broomfield, Russell Poole
What's it about?
In 1997, rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G.) were gunned down in separate incidents, the apparent victims of hip hop's infamous east-west rivalry. Nick Broomfield's (Kurt & Courtney) film introduces Russell Poole, an ex-cop with damning evidence that suggests the LAPD deliberately fumbled the case to conceal connections between the police, LA gangs and Death Row Records, the label run by feared rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight.

Infinitely Polar Bear
9:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Maya Forbes
Starring: Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, Keir Dullea
What's it about?
In Boston, a bipolar father (Mark Ruffalo) takes over sole responsibility for his two spirited daughters while his wife (Zoe Saldana) attends graduate school in New York. Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical at the 2014 Golden Globe awards.

Short Term 12
11:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Starring: Brie Larson, Lakeith Stanfield, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever
What's it about?
Grace (Brie Larson), a 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility, navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend. Winner of the SXSW Grand Jury Award in 2013. 

Short Term 12 review: Every heart-warming moment is completely earned

Tuesday 21 November

The Perfect Date
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2010

Genre: Romance, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Arnaud Lemort, Dominique Farrugia
Starring: Clovis Cornillac, Virginie Efira, Manu Payet
What's it about?
Michel (Clovis Cornillac) is a foreign aid worker and a big romantic, forever dreaming of a fated meeting with his soulmate, much like his parents and grandparents experienced. His best friend Vincent (Manu Payet), is the complete opposite: a successful divorce lawyer, he enjoys one night stands with zero commitments. But when Vincent's latest fling dumps him and Michel discovers that his encounter with the beautiful Angèle (Virginie Efira) was engineered, both men realise they’ll need to learn from each other if they want to find lasting happiness.    

You Can't Save Yourself Alone
1:30AM, SBS

M
Italy, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Sergio Castellitto
Starring: Riccardo Scamarcio, Jasmine Trinca, Anna Galiena
What's it about?
Gaetano and Delia, a separated couple, try to pick up the pieces of their broken love, recalling all the faults and the mistakes which led them to where they are now. 

Wednesday 22 November

King of Devil's Island
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Norway, 2010
Genre: Action, Drama
Language: Norwegian
Director: Marius Holst
Starring: Morten Løvstad, Trond Nilssen, Benjamin Helstad, Kristoffer Joner, Stellan Skarsgard
What's it about?
A remote island in the Oslo fjord, the Bastoy Boys Home aims to reform badly behaved boys. When newcomer Erling (Benjamin Helstad) arrives and questions the authority of the abusive 'housefathers’, he finds support from his fellow inmates. Determined to both escape and reveal the institution’s corruption, Erling has to choose between himself and the friends he has won.

King of Devil's Island Review

Leon: The Professional
10:45PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
France, 1994
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Danny Aiello
What's it about?
Léon (Jean Reno) lives a lonely life in New York, working as a professional hitman for the mob. Near-slient and utterly ruthless, Léon doesn't seem to possess an ounce of humanity. But when his 12-year-old neighbour, Mathilda (Natalie Portman), arrives home to find her entire family massacred by a drug dealer, Léon takes her in and, as per her request, teaches her the tools of his trade so that she can exact her revenge on her family's killer. 

Leon: The Professional Review

Jean Reno and Natalie Portman in Leon: The Professional, showing this Saturday on SBS

A Man Called Ove
12:15AM, SBS

M
Sweden, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Persian, Swedish
Director: Hannes Holm
Starring: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg
What's it about?
A grumpy 59 year-old is deposed as president of his housing estate's body corporate, but that doesn't stop him looking over the neighbourhood with an iron fist. When a pregnant woman and her family move into the terrace house opposite Ove and she accidentally back into his mailbox, it sets off a series of unexpected changes in his life.

Tom Hanks to star in remake of Swedish hit comedy 'A Man Called Ove'

Thursday 23 November

The Floating Lives
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Vietnam, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Vietnamese
Director: Phan Quang Binh Nguyen
Starring:  Tang Thanh Ha, Ninh Duong Lan Ngoc, Dustin Nguyen
What's it about?
Mr Vo (Dustin Nguyen) and his two kids live a nomadic existence on a boat after he burned his house down along with all his memories after finding out his wife cheated on him. Leading a life in exile among the labyrinth canals of the Mekong, Mr Vo escapes not the Vietnam War but modern life itself and the materialism that he sees as the reason for his wife self-indulgence. It is only when Suong comes along (Do Thi Hai Yen), with her spiritual and physical healing that Mr Vo loses the hatred, distrust and coldness that had filled his cold heart.

Bird
9:00PM, NITV (repeats 12:00PM, Friday 24 Nov)

M
USA, 1988
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Keith David
What's it about?
Director Clint Eastwood, a noted jazz aficionado, directs this heartfelt study of pioneering bop saxophonist Charlie Parker (Forest Whitaker). Moving forward and backward through Parker's brief life before his death of a heroin overdose at age 34, the film foregrounds the saxophonist's difficult relationship with his wife, Chan Parker (Diane Venora), but also features lengthy scenes of Parker improvising on stage, lit with the neon and cigarette smoke of vintage jazz clubs.

Beatriz's War
11:55PM, SBS (repeats 10:15PM, Sun 26th Nov, NITV)

M
Timor-Leste (East Timor), 2013
Genre: Drama, History, War
Language: Tetum, Indonesian
Director: Luigi Acquisto, Bety Reis
Starring: Irim Tolentino
What's it about?
East Timor's award-winning first feature film is the haunting, passionate story of one woman's conviction to remain true to the man she loves and the country for which she fought. 16 years after Beatriz's husband disappeared during a brutal massacre by occupying Indonesian forces, she is troubled by his return. Is this mysterious stranger her husband or an imposter?

Friday 24 November

Front Line
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Italy, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Renato De Maria
Starring:  Riccardo Scamarcio, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Fabrizio Rongione
What's it about?
Based on a true story, this film tells the dramatic story of an imprisoned man recounting his life as a political extremist and the mastermind behind one of the most audacious prison breaks ever attempted. Prima Linea was a radical political group active in Italy in the 1970's, who believed the nation's leadership was taking a dangerous shift to the right. When Sergio joins the militant group, he falls in love with fellow member Susanna who is soon arrested. Determined to reunite with his love, Sergio sets about one of the most daring jail escapes ever devised.

Clara's Heart
7:30PM, NITV (9:00PM, NITV (repeats 12:30PM, Sat 25th Nov)

PG
USA, 1988
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Robert Mulligan
Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Ontkean, Kathleen Quinlan, Neil Patrick Harris, Spalding Gray
What's it about?
David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. She and David develop a close bond, opening his eyes and heart to new experiences, and eventually leading to a disturbing secret in Clara's past.

Carol
8:30PM, SBS

M
UK, USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Todd Haynes
Starring: Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Cate Blanchett
What's it about?
Based on Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel 'The Price of Salt', the 1950s-set drama follows Carol (Cate Blanchett), a Manhattan socialite trapped in a loveless marriage of convenience with Kyle Chandler, whose life is forever changed when she meets a department store clerk (Rooney Mara). As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change.

Carol review: A magnificent, mesmerising account of mid-century desire

Un Mundo Secret (A Secret World)
11:15PM, SBS

M
Mexico, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Gabriel Mariño
Starring: Lucía Uribe Bracho, Roberto Mares, Olivia Lagunas
What's it about?
A poetic, tender road movie, Un Mundo Secret follows tormented teenager Maria as she makes her way through Mexico seeking her place in life. The film focuses on the pleasant beauty of the landscape and the eccentric, endearing personality of Maria as she comes into her own. Gorgeously filmed, this lyrical coming-of-age story doubles as a wistful hymn to a young woman’s self-discovery.

Saturday 25 November

Thelma and Louise
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1991
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon, Brad Pitt, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Stephen Tobolowsky, Christopher McDonald
What's it about?
Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis star as accidental outlaws on a desperate flight across the Southwest after a tragic incident at a roadside bar. With a determined detective (Harvey Keitel) on their trail, a sweet-talking hitchhiker (Brad Pitt) in their path and a string of crimes in their wake, their journey alternates between hilarious, high-speed thrill ride and empowering personal odyssey - even as the law closes in.

Slap Shot
10:55PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
United States, 1977
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: George Roy Hill
Starring: Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean, Strother Martin
What's it about?
This irreverent and hilarious look into the world of professional sports has Paul Newman as the coach of the Chiefs, a struggling minor-league hockey team. To build up attendance at their games, management signs up the Hanson Brothers, three hard-charging players whose job is to demolish the opposition. Slap Shot's outrageous comedy, hard-hitting action, memorable lines and unforgettable characters have made it of the all-time best sports movies ever. 

Sunday 26 November

Breaking a Monster
8:30PM, NITV

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Luke Meyer
What's it about?
Breaking a Monster begins as the band members of Unlocking The Truth are all in 7th grade, spending their weekends playing metal music in Times Square - often to substantial crowds. They take on a 70-year-old industry veteran manager. With his guidance they are soon on their way to a $1.8M record deal with Sony Music. Anything feels possible, and the eyes of the world are upon them. The boys are coming of age, not only as they become professional musicians, but also as they transcend childhood and step into adulthood. The sudden breakout of any band, let alone one of pre-teens, is an extremely narrow and specific period in time - Breaking a Monster is the story of this rapid transformation.

The Housemaid
12:30, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
South Korea, 2010
Genre: Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Sang-soo Im
Starring: Do-Yeon Jeon, Seo Woo, Jung-Jae Lee
What's it about?
Eun-Yi is employed as a maid by a wealthy family, and is forced into an affair with the father of the house. When she falls pregnant, and the family uncover their secret, she is forced to take matters into her own hands to protect the unborn child. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

The Housemaid Review