• From Left: The Lunchbox, The Grandmaster, Baby Bump(s) and I, Daniel Blake (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
Highlights on SBS World Movies this week include Irrfan Khan in the charming 2013 hit The Lunchbox, Wong Kar-wai's martial arts epic The Grandmaster, Juliette Binoche in the French comedy Baby Bump(s), Ken Loach's powerful 2016 Palme d'Or winner I, Daniel Blake and more.
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26 Jul 2019 - 11:06 AM  UPDATED 26 Jul 2019 - 11:07 AM


Baby Bump(s)

France, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: French
Director: Noémie Saglio
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Camille Cottin, Lambert Wilson, Stéfi Celma
What's it about?
Avril and her mother Mado (Binoche) couldn't be more different. Avril (Cottin) is 30, married, and has a salaried job. In the way she lives her life she is the exact opposite of her mother, an eternal teenager, carefree and brash. But when the two women become pregnant at the same time and under the same roof, a clash is inevitable. 

The Wackness

USA, 2008
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Josh Peck, Ben Kingsley, Famke Janssen, Olivia Thirlby
What's it about?
It's the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York are pulsing with hip-hop. Set against this backdrop, a lonely teenager named Luke Shapiro (Peck) spends his last summer before university selling marijuana throughout New York City, trading it with his unorthodox psychotherapist (Kingsley) for treatment, while having a crush on his stepdaughter (Thirlby). Winner of the Audience Award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. 


The Lunchbox

India, France, Germany, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Hindi
Director: Ritesh Batra
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
What's it about?
Lonely housewife Ila (Kaur) decides to try adding some spice to her stale marriage by preparing a special lunch for her neglectful husband. Unfortunately, the delivery winds up in the hands of Saajan (Khan), an irritable widower. Curious about her husband's response, Ila adds a note to the next day's lunchbox, and thus begins an unusual friendship in which Saajan and Ila can talk about their joys and sorrows without ever meeting in person. 

Irrfan Khan opens up about The Lunchbox, love letters and his favourite foods (interview)
The Lunchbox Review: Gentle romance gets the flavours just right


France, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Pascal Chaumeil
Starring: Romain Duris, Julie Ferrier, Vanessa Paradis, Jacques Frantz
What's it about?
Alex (Duris) and his sister Mélanie (Ferrier) run a business designed to break up relationships. They are hired by a rich man (Frantz) to break up the wedding of his daughter (Paradis). The only problem is that they only have one week to do so. Nominated for five César Awards in 2011, including Best Film. 

Heartbreaker Review: A winning romantic comedy


The Grandmaster

Hong Kong, 2013
Genre: Action, Drama
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese
Director: Wong Kar Wai
Starring: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang, Jin Zhang
What's it about?
Ip Man's (Tony Leung) peaceful life in Foshan changes after Gong Yutian (Qingxiang Wang) seeks an heir for his family in Southern China. Ip Man then meets Gong Er (Ziyi Zhang) who challenges him for the sake of regaining her family's honour. After the Second Sino-Japanese War, Ip Man moves to Hong Kong and struggles to provide for his family. In the meantime, Gong Er chooses the path of vengeance after her father was killed by Ma San (Jin Zhang). From legendary director Wong Kar-Wai (In The Mood For Love, 2046).

The Grandmaster Review: Martial-arts nostalgia becomes Wong Kar-wai's best in years.

The Wave

Norway, 2015
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Language: Norwegian
Director: Roar Uthaug
Starring: Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro
What's it about?
Although theorised (both in reality and within the film's fictional world), no one is really ready when a mountain pass above the scenic and narrow Geiranger fjord in Norway collapses and creates a tsunami over 300 feet high. A geologist (Joner) is one of those caught in the middle of it.


Don't Talk to Irene

Canada, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Pat Mills
Starring: Michelle McLeod, Geena Davis, Anastasia Phillips, Bruce Gray
What's it about?
16-year-old Irene (McLeod) is tired of being a loser, but she’s determined that this year is going to be different, and vows to become a cheerleader. But when she’s the victim of a cruel prank, Irene is suspended on her first day back at school and must endure two weeks of community service at the local retirement home. 

Girls Lost

Sweden, Finland, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Language: Swedish
Director: Alexandra-Therese Keining
Starring: Tuva Jagell, Wilma Holmén, Louise Nyvall, Emrik Öhlander
What's it about?
Kim (Jagell), Bella (Holmén) and Momo (Nyvall) are three fourteen-year-old girls who discover a flower with magic powers: by drinking its nectar they are transformed into boys and they enter a new world. At first they enjoy their newly found freedom, but soon Bella and Momo realize that there are downsides to it. Kim, however, gets seriously addicted…


Viceroy's House

India, UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English, Hindi
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Manish Dayal
What's it about?
In 1947, Lord Mountbatten (Bonneville) assumes the post of last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people, living upstairs at the house which was the home of British rulers, whilst 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants lived downstairs.

I, Daniel Blake

UK, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ken Loach
Starring: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy
What's it about?
59-year-old Daniel Blake (Johns) has worked as a carpenter most of his life in Newcastle, but for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with single mother Katie (Squires) and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know, some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy. Winner of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or.

I, Daniel Blake review: Ken Loach in top form with story of state-sanctioned cruelty
Ken Loach on 'I, Daniel Blake', the media role in Brexit and Trump, and the failure of the left

We defy you not to be moved by 'I, Daniel Blake'.


The Reluctant Fundamentalist

UK, 2013
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Mira Nair
Starring:  Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Om Puri, Martin Donovan, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland
What's it about?
From Award-winning director Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay!, Monsoon Wedding), and based on the acclaimed novel by Mohsin Hamid, this film explores bias and the phenomenon of globalisation. A young Pakistani man (Ahmed) who is chasing corporate success on Wall Street soon finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland. 

The Reluctant Fundamentalist: Interviews with Mira Nair, Riz Ahmed and Liev Schreiber
The Reluctant Fundamentalist Review: An accurate reflection of post-9/11 realities.

The Big Blue

France, 1988
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French, Italian
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Jean Reno, Jean-Marc Barr, Rosanna Arquette, Griffin Dunne
What's it about?
The Big Blue charts the competition and friendship between Jacques (Barr) and Enzo (Reno) first in their youth, and then when they meet again at the World Free Diving Championships in Sicily years later. A dreamy adolescent, Jacques has grown into a solitary man, caught between the solidity of the real world and the spiritual beckoning of 'the big blue'—and in particular the dolphins swimming below. From director Luc Besson (Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element).

The Big Blue review (David and Margaret, 1988) and interview


The Ice Storm

USA, 1997
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Tobey Maguire, Elijah Wood, Christina Ricci, Katie Holmes
What's it about?
In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives are steadily becoming more and more beyond their control. From director Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain), and based on the acclaimed 1994 novel by Rick Moody.

David and Margaret review The Ice Storm (The Movie Show, 1997)

Shin Godzilla

Japan, 2016
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Language: English, Japanese
Director: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi
Starring: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara
What's it about?
From Hideaki Anno (the mind behind 'Evangelion') comes the terrifying resurgence of the King of Monsters - Godzilla. It's a peaceful day in Japan when a strange fountain of water erupts in the bay, causing panic to spread among government officials. Their worst nightmare comes to life when a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and tears through the city, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake.

Shin Godzilla: A monster movie in touch with the times