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Next week's highlights on the SBS World Movies channel (Digital Channel 32) include biographical dramas (Love & Mercy, Final Portrait, Downfall, Violette), heartwarming small-scale stories of triumph over adversity (The Finishers, The Drummer and the Keeper) sweeping epics (2009's Wei Zhao-led Mulan, 2002 Bollywood classic Devdas) and more.
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17 Jul 2019 - 2:44 PM  UPDATED 17 Jul 2019 - 5:44 PM


Love & Mercy

USA, 2014
Drama, Music, Biography
Bill Pohlad
Paul Dano, John Cusack, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks 
What's it about?
In the mid-60's, Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson (played by Dano in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) grapples with his inner demons during the creation of the now-classic “Pet Sounds” album, even as the late 1980s Wilson (played by Cusack) escapes the influence of the domineering Dr. Landy (Giamatti) with the help of protective girlfriend Melinda (Banks).

Love and Mercy review: Paul Dano magnificent as Brian Wilson

The Parisian Bitch

Belgium, France, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Noémie Saglio, Eloïse Lang
Starring: Camille Cottin, Lou Cottin, Cécile Boland, Stéphane Bern
What's it about?
Camilla (Cottin), 30 years old and a total diva, decides she deserves better than the rest of humanity. Camilla realizes that the only fate suitable for her is that of a Royal Highness. She decides to leave for England, the rainy abode of the last eligible bachelor prince: Prince Harry. But, Camilla is amazed to discover that London is not Paris, and that the royal gates do not open that easily.


The Drummer and the Keeper

Ireland, 2017
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Nick Kelly
Starring: Dermot Murphy, Jacob McCarthy, Adrian Hudson, Annie Ryan, Niamh Algar
What's it about?
Tells the story of the unlikely friendship formed between two young men: Gabriel (Murphy), a reckless young drummer who revels in rejecting society’s rules, and Christopher (McCarthy), a 17-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome, who yearns to fit in. This heartwarming story shows the strength of the human bond in the face of adversity.

The New Girlfriend

France, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: François Ozon
Starring: Romain Duris, Anaïs Demoustier, Raphaël Personnaz, Isild Le Besco, Aurore Clement
What's it about?
Claire (Demoustier) and Laura (Le Besco) have been friends since primary school. Now, in their adult lives, with each happily married, to Gilles (Personnaz) and David (Duris) respectively, they are as close as ever. Then Laura dies after an illness and Claire's world is suddenly very empty. Being the godmother of Laura's child, Lucie, Claire visits David and Lucie, only to discover he has a startling secret. 

Transcend old prejudices in 'The New Girlfriend'


Mulan: Rise of a Warrior

China, 2009
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Action
Language: Chinese
Director: Jingle Ma
Starring: Zhao Wei, Chen Kun, Yu Rong-Guang
What's it about?
When barbarian hordes threaten her homeland, the brave and cunning Mulan (Zhao Wei) disguises herself as a male soldier to swell the ranks in her aging father's (Rong-guang Yu) stead. The warrior's remarkable courage drives her through powerful battle scenes and brutal wartime startegy. Mulan loses dear friends to the enemy's blade as she rises to become one of her country's most valuable leaders - but can she win the war before her secret is exposed?

Final Portrait

UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Biography
Language: English, French, Italian
Director: Stanley Tucci
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clemence Poesy, Tony Shalhoub, Sylvie Testud
What's it about?
In 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, the American writer and art-lover James Lord (Hammer) is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti (Rush), to sit for a portrait. The process, Giacometti assures Lord, will take only a few days. Flattered and intrigued, Lord agrees. So begins not only the story of a touching and offbeat friendship, but, seen through the eyes of Lord, a uniquely revealing insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and, at times, downright chaos of the artistic process.

'Final Portrait' Exquisitely Examines Artistic Process

Armie Hammer and Geoffrey Rush in 'Final Portrait'



Switzerland, France, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English, French
Director: Elsa Amiel
Starring: Julia Föry, Arieh Worthalter, Vidal Arzoni, Agata Buzek, Peter Mullan
What's it about?
72 hours from the final of an international female bodybuilding championship. Lea Pearl (Föry) is set to compete for the prestigious title of Miss Heaven. But her past catches up with her, when her ex-lover Ben (Worthalter) shows up with the 6-year-old son she hardly knows.


France, Belgium, 2013
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: French
Director: Martin Provost
Starring: Emmanuelle Devos, Sandrine Kiberlain, Olivier Gourmet, Olivier Py
What's it about?

In wartime France, Violette Leduc (Devos) lives in the countryside, subsiding on the profits of her black-marketeering. Upon the urging of her writer friend, Maurice Sachs (Py), Violette moves to Paris, where she discovers the writing of Simone de Beauvoir (Kiberlain). This simple discovery changes her life forever. A fearless and determined woman, Violette writes a novel and sets about meeting de Beauvoir to request her help in having it published, an action which leads to the development of an intense and lifelong relationship between the two women. From Martin Provost, director of Seraphine and The Midwife.

Violette: Martin Provost interview
'Violette': Sharp, Sympathetic Look At Uncompromising Woman's Art And Life

Emmanuelle Devos in 'Violette'



Ireland, Canada, 2015
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: John Crowley
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Emily Bett Rickards
What's it about?
An Irish immigrant (Ronan) lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local (Cohen). When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Ronan) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Nick Hornby, from the novel by Colm Tóibín.)


Germany, 2004
Genre: History, Drama
 Oliver Hirschbiegel
Starring: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Juliane Köhler
What's it about?
Charting the last 10 days of Hitler's (played by Ganz) life, from his 56th birthday on April 20th, 1945 to his suicide on April 30th, Downfall uses multiple characters to show the chaos of a country coming apart at the seams, from Hitler's henchman under the streets of Berlin, to the soldiers and civilians fighting and dying as the Soviet Army ravaged the city above. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2005.

Watch original Movie Show review
Downfall: Gripping insight into Hitler's last days


The Finishers

France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Nils Tavernier
Starring: Fabien Héraud, Alexandra Lamy, Jacques Gamblin
What's it about?
Julien (Héraud) dreams of adventure. But when you live in a wheelchair, such dreams are difficult to fulfill. To do so, Julien challenges his father (Gamblin) to compete with him in the ‘Ironman’ triathlon in Nice. A whole family comes together and reconnects in an attempt to see this incredible exploit through. 

The Finishers Review: Charming French melodrama

Wild City

Hong Kong, 2015
Genre: Thriller, Action, Crime
Language: Mandarin, Min Nan, Cantonese
Director: Ringo Lam
Starring: Louis Koo, Shawn Yue, Tong Liya, Yuen Qiu
What's it about?
A cop-turned-bar owner (Koo) befriends a drunken woman (Liya) at closing hours and finds himself pursued by her former lover and the thugs he employs. The chase turns deadly when the bar owner's deadbeat brother and a suitcase full of cash enter the picture. The third in director Ringo Lam's "City Trilogy", following 1987's City on Fire (which inspired Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs) and 1997's Full Alert.



India, 2002
Genre: Bollywood, Drama
Language: Hindi
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Starring: Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Jackie Shroff
What's it about?
One of the most lavish and expensive Bollywood films ever made. This is the sweeping tale of two soul mates, childhood sweethearts Devdas (Khan) and Paro (Rai), whose love is thwarted by India's rigid class structure. Young Devdas is sent to study in London by his wealthy father. On his return, love blossoms again, but the families oppose the romance.