This week's highlights on SBS World Movies include Oscar-winning contemporary classics (12 Years a Slave), British comedies (What We Did On Our Holiday, Cashback), arthouse favourites (Carol, The Assassin, The Beat That My Heart Skipped) and more.
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MONDAY 8 JULY

What We Did on Our Holiday
7:30PM

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin
Starring: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly
What's it about?
Doug (Tennant) and Abi (Pike) take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It's soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability.

Cashback
9:20PM

MA15+
UK, 2006
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Sean Ellis
Starring: Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Michelle Ryan
What's it about?
When art student Ben Willis (Biggerstaff) is dumped by his girlfriend Suzy (Ryan), he develops insomnia. To pass the long hours of the night, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket. There he meets a colourful cast of characters, all of whom have their own 'art' in dealing with the boredom of an eight-hour shift. Ben's art is that he imagines himself stopping time. This way, he can appreciate the artistic beauty of the frozen world and the people inside it - especially Sharon (Fox), the quiet checkout girl, who perhaps holds the answer to solving the problem of Ben's insomnia. 

TUESDAY 9 JULY

Mr. Holmes
7:30PM

M
UK, USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada
What's it about?
The story is set in 1947, following a long-retired Holmes (McKellen) living in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and rising detective son. But then he finds himself haunted by an unsolved 50-year old case. Holmes' memory isn't what it used to be, so he only remembers fragments of the case: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.

Mr. Holmes airs Tuesday 9th July at 7:30pm on SBS World Movies

The Beat That My Heart Skipped
9:30PM

M
France, 2005
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Jacques Audiard
Starring: Romain Duris, Emmanuelle Devos, Niels Arestrup, Linh Dan Pham
What's it about?
Tom (Duris) works as a real estate debt collector for his father Robert (Arestrup). This violent line of work leads Thomas to wish he could be more like his late mother, who was a concert pianist. When offered a piano audition, he starts to practise again. Will Thomas get stuck in a cycle of crime and cruelty just like his thuggish father, or will he pursue his dream of becoming a musician. A remake of the cult 1978 film Fingers (starring Harvey Keitel in Duris' role). 

Why You Should Watch: The Beat That My Heart Skipped

WEDNESDAY 10 JULY

Amanda
7:30PM

M
France, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Mikhaël Hers
Starring: Vincent Lacoste, Isaure Multrier, Stacy Martin, Ophélia Kolb
What's it about?
David (LaCoste), who gets by doing odd jobs, meets Lena (Martin), who has just moved up to Paris, and falls in love. But soon after, his life is brutally interrupted by the sudden death of his sister. Beyond the shock, and the pain, David now finds himself alone with his young niece Amanda (Multrier) to care for.

'Amanda' review: A nourishingly classical tear-jerker

THURSDAY 11 JULY

The Assassin
7:30PM

PG
Taiwan, 2015
Genre: Martial Arts
Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Starring: Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Zhou Yun
What's it about?
9th century China. 10-year-old general’s daughter Nie Yinniang is abducted by a nun who initiates her into the martial arts, transforming her into an exceptional assassin (played by Shu Qi) charged with eliminating cruel and corrupt local governors. One day, having failed in a task, she is sent back by her mistress to the land of her birth, with orders to kill the man to whom she was promised (played by Chang Chen) - a cousin who now leads the largest military region in North China. Winner of Best Director at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, from acclaimed director Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon, Three Times).

The Assassin review: Fleeting battles make way for exquisitely beautiful, lingering shots

Into the Forest
9:30PM

MA15+
Canada, 2016
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Patricia Rozema
Starring: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie
What's it about?
In the near future, two teenage sisters, Nell (Page) and Eva (Wood), live in a remotely located home with their father (Rennie) in a forest. There is a massive, continent-wide power outage that appears to be part of a region-wide technological collapse. The car battery is drained, so they are left stranded for days. Informed only by rumour, they fight intruders, disease, loneliness & starvation.

FRIDAY 12 JULY

The Journey
7:30PM

M
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Nick Hamm
Starring: Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Freddie Highmore, Toby Stephens, John Hurt
What's it about?
A fictional account of the extraordinary story of two implacable enemies in Northern Ireland - firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Paisley (Spall), and Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness (Meaney) - who are forced to take a short journey together in which they will take the biggest leap of faith and change the course of history. 

'The Journey' review: A celebration of the art of political theater

Swing Kids
9:20PM

M
South Korea, 2018
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English, Chinese, Korean
Director: Kang Hyoung-chul
Starring: Doh Kyung-soo, Jared Grimes, Park Hye-su, Oh Jung-se
What's it about?
EXO’s D.O. stars as Roh Ki Soo, a rebellious North Korean soldier held captive as a prisoner-of-war during the Korean War. The P.O.W. Camp’s US military sergeant encourages the prisoners to channel their interests into dancing and Ki-soo joins a tap-dance troupe called ‘Swing Kids.’ Yet suddenly, their dreams about dancing in prison camps are put in danger.

SATURDAY 13 JULY

Kon-Tiki
7:30PM

M
UK, Norway, Denmark, 2012
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Action
Language: Norwegian
Director: Joachim Rønning
Starring: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård
What's it about?
The story of the legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's (Hagen) epic 101 day, 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947. Along with 5 adventurous companions, Heyerdal sought to prove his theory that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. Academy Award-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

Kon-Tiki: Joachim Rønning interview

The Emperor of Paris
9:40PM

M
France, 2018
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller, History, Adventure
Language: French, German
Director: Jean-Francois Richet
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Olga Kurylenko, August Diehl, Freya Mavor
What's it about?
Under the reign of Napoleon, François Vidocq (Cassel) cuts a notorious figure in the Parisian underworld: he is the only man to have escaped the country's most terrifying penal colonies. Left for dead after his last, spectacular escape, the former prisoner tries to pass himself off as a simple merchant. But his past catches up with him. After being falsely accused of murder, Vidocq makes a deal with the head of the Police: in exchange for his freedom, Vidocq will help the police fight the criminal classes. Despite obtaining exceptional results, he provokes the hostility of fellow police agents and the fury of criminals, who put a price on his head.

SUNDAY 14 JULY

Carol
7:30PM

M
USA, UK, 2015
Genre: Drama, Romance, LGBTIQ+
Language: English
Director: Todd Haynes
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler
What's it about?
Based on Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel 'The Price of Salt', this 1950s-set romantic drama from acclaimed director Todd Haynes (Far From HeavenI'm Not There) follows Carol (Blanchett), a Manhattan socialite trapped in a loveless marriage of convenience with Harge (Chandler), whose life is forever changed when she meets a department store clerk (Mara). Nominated for five Academy awards, including Best Actress (Blanchett), Supporting Actress (Mara), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Original Score and Costume Design.

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

12 Years a Slave
9:45PM

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt
What's it about?
In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Ejiofor), a free Black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles to survive and maintain some of his dignity. In the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada (Pitt) changes Solomon's life forever. Winner of Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards.

12 Years a Slave: Interviews with Steve McQueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender

 

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