We say goodbye to some great films this month. Catch them at SBS On Demand while you can.
By
Staff writers

17 Jan 2019 - 1:20 PM  UPDATED 17 Jan 2019 - 1:23 PM

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 the month (If there is no 'play' button in the image, the film is no longer available).

 

Philomena

United Kingdom, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan
What's it about?
Philomena (Judi Dench) has spent 50 years searching for the child she was forced to adopt as a unwed teen. She enlists the help of journalist, Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), but their efforts from the convent she resided in, are stonewalled. Undeterred, the pair follow a series of leads and uncovering a scandalous secret. 

Philomena: Stephen Frears interview
Philomena interview: Steve Coogan
Philomena Review

Brokeback Mountain

M
USA, 2005
Genre: Drama, Romance, Western
Language: [language]
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway
What's it about?
Oscar season is a perfect time to revisit the tender, tragic story of the repressed sexuality between two eserved ranch hands in the Amerian midwest. Ennis (Heath Ledger) and rodeo cowboy Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal) meet on a seasonal job at Wyoming's Brokeback Mountain in the summer of 1963, looking after a flock of sheep. They forge the camaraderie of isolated men, but it soon turns into something more intense. They remain in contact through two decades, even after Ennis weds his childhood sweetheart Alma (Michelle Williams). Over in Texas, Jack meets and marries rodeo queen Lureen (Anne Hathaway). Both couples have children. If confused at first about their affection for each other, the men continue to keep up appearances as fishing buddies, meeting a few times over each year, as they journey through lives never fulfilled, often conflicted, yet always drawn together.  

Brokeback Mountain review: A beautiful love story that's inherently human
Ang Lee and James Schamus reflect on 'Brokeback Mountain'

The Godfather: Part III

M
Italy, United States of America, 1990
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English, Italian, German, Latin
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna, George Hamilton, Bridget Fonda, Sofia Coppola
What's it about?
The final film in the trilogy. In the midst of trying to legitimise his business dealings in 1979 New York and Italy, ageing mafia don, Michael Corleone seeks forgiveness for his sins while taking a young protege under his wing.

Locke

MA15+
United Kingdom, 2013
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Starring: Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson, Tom Hardy
What's it about?
A family man and successful construction manager, Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy), is about to confront the biggest challenge of his career. On the eve of this new project, Locke receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his life and that of his family's. The action takes place in the course of a single drive home.

Locke: An existential road movie in which nothing and everything happens
Locke - Interview
Locke Review

Laurence Anyways

Canada, 2012
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Xavier Dolan
Starring: Melvil Poupaud, Nathalie Baye
What's it about?
Laurence (Melvil Poupaud), a young french teacher and soon-to- be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Fred. But on the day after his 30th birthday, Laurence confesses to Fred that he longs to become a woman, asking her to support him in this transformation. Despite her best efforts, Fred is too hurt by this development, and they break up. Each of them tries to build a new life, without thinking of the past. Five years later, Laurence sends a copy of his first book of poetry to Fred.

Laurence Anyways Review

The Skin I Live In

MA15+
Spain, 2000
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet
What's it about?
Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After 12 years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig.

The Skin I Live In: Elena Anaya interview
Why You Should Watch: The Skin I Live In

Hannah Arendt

Germany, 2014
Genre: War
Language: German, English, French, Hebrew
Starring: Barbara Sukowa
What's it about?
A portrait of the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt. In the course of reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker, Arendt introduced now-famous concept of the 'Banality of Evil'. Margarethe von Trotta blends actual footage from the trial into her narrative of the woman at the centre of a political firestorm.

Hannah Arendt Review
Hannah Arendt: Barbara Sukowa interview

The Last Station

M
United Kingdom, 2009
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: English
Director: Michael Hoffman
Starring: Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Anne-Marie Duff
What's it about?
A love story set during the last year of the life and turbulent marriage of the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy (Christopher Plummer) and his wife the Countess Sofya (Helen Mirren). Having rejected his title and embraced an ascetic life style, Tolstoy finds himself increasingly at odds with Sofya. As his devoted disciple Vladimir Chertkov (Paul Giamatti) urges him to sign a new will leaving the rights to his work to the Russian people rather than his family, the conflict between husband and wife escalates to breaking point. The whole affair is witnessed by Tolstoy's new secretary, Valentin Bulgakov (James McAvoy), whose burgeoning love for the beautiful and feisty Masha (Kerry Condon) is set against the waning love of Tolstoy and Sofya.

The Last Station Review

I Love You Phillip Morris

MA15+
USA, 2009
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Language: [language]
Director: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra
Starring: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann
What's it about?
A wild and bawdy romp starring Jim Carrey as a married father whose exploits landed him in the Texas criminal justice system, where he promptly falls madly, deeply and exasperatedly in love with his cellmate, Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor).

I Love You Phillip Morris review

Samba

France, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Arabic, French, English, Portuguese, International, Russian, Serbian
Director: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Starring: Tahar Rahim, Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Liya Kebede, Adel Bencherif
What's it about?
Samba migrated to France 10 years ago from Senegal, and has since been plugging away at various lowly jobs. Alice is a senior executive who has recently undergone a burnout. Both struggle to get out of their dead-end lives. Samba's willing to do whatever it takes to get working papers, while Alice tries to get her life back on track until fate draws them together.

 

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