• From left: Lantana, Wadjda, Nikita, Howl's Moving Castle (SBS Movies)
This week's highlights on SBS World Movies include the Australian classic Lantana, the BAFTA-nominated 2012 Saudi Arabian landmark Wadjda, Luc Besson's still-electrifying Nikita, Ghibli/Miyazaki favourite Howl's Moving Castle, Jake Gyllenhaal at his scariest in Nightcrawler, and more.
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31 Jul 2019 - 2:29 PM  UPDATED 31 Jul 2019 - 3:10 PM

MONDAY 5 AUGUST

Whisky Galore
7:30PM

M
UK, 2016
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Starring: Gregor Fisher, Eddie Izzard, Naomi Battrick, Ellie Kendrick, Sean Biggerstaff
What's it about?
The story of the inhabitants of the isolated Scottish island of Todday, in the Outer Hebrides, where gloom sets in as their wartime rationing of whisky runs out. When cargo ship the SS Cabinet Minister runs aground the shrewd islanders run rings around the buffoonish English Home Guard commander Captain Waggett (Izzard) and conspire to hide away cases of the precious amber nectar.

Alibi.com
9:25PM

M
France, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Philippe Lacheau
Starring: Philippe Lacheau, Élodie Fontan, Julien Arruti, Tarek Boudali, Nathalie Baye
What's it about?
Greg (Lacheau) founded a company called Alibi.com that creates any type of alibi. With his associate, Augustin (Arruti), and Medhi (Boudali) his new employee, they devise unstoppable stratagems and stagings to cover their clients. But meeting Flo (Fontan), a pretty blonde who hates men who lie, will complicate Greg's life, which begins by hiding the true nature of his activity.

TUESDAY 6 AUGUST

Everything Must Go
7:30PM

M
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Dan Rush
Starring: Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Christopher Jordan Wallace, Michael Peña, Laura Dern
What's it about?
The story of Nick Halsey (Ferrell), a career salesman whose days of being on top are long gone. The same day Nick gets fired, for falling off the wagon one last time, he returns home to discover his wife has left him, changed the locks on their suburban home and dumped all of his possessions on the front lawn. Faced with his life imploding, Nick puts it all on the line—or more properly, on the lawn—reluctantly holding a garage sale that becomes a unique strategy for survival. Based on a short story by author Raymond Carver (Short Cuts).

Why You Should Watch: Everything Must Go

Pili
9:25PM

M
UK, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Swahili
Director: Leanne Welham
Starring: Bello Rashid, Nkwabi Elias Ng'angasamala, Sesilia Florian Kilimila, Sikijua Rashid
What's it about?
Pili (Rashid) lives in rural Tanzania, working the fields for less than $1 a day to feed her two children and struggling to manage her HIV-positive status in secret. When she is offered the chance to rent a sought-after market-stall, Pili is desperate to have it. But with only two days to get the deposit together, Pili is forced to make increasingly difficult decisions with ever-deepening consequences. How much will she risk to change her life?

WEDNESDAY 7 AUGUST

What Maisie Knew
7:30PM

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: David Siegel, Scott McGehee
Starring: Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, Emma Holzer, Alexander Skarsgård, Joanna Vanderham
What's it about?
Six-year-old Maisie (Holzer) is caught in the middle of a custody battle between her rock star mother, Suzanna (Moore), and art dealer father, Beale (Coogan). In a race to win the court’s advantage, Beale marries Maisie’s nanny, Margo (Vanderham), prompting Suzanna in turn to marry local bartender, Lincoln (Skarsgård). Maisie is infinitely accepting and angelic in her ability to observe their immature actions without judgement, staying calm amongst the chaos. 

What Maisie Knew: Scott McGehee and David Siegel interview
What Maisie Knew review: Custody drama satisfies all elements

Lantana
9:25PM

M
Australia, 2001
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Ray Lawrence
Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Kerry Armstrong, Vince Colosimo, Barbara Hershey, Glenn Robbins, Geoffrey Rush
What's it about?
A psychiatrist (Hershey) fears her husband (Rush) to be the married man with whom one of her male clients is having an affair. Meanwhile, a female client (Armstrong) suspects her husband (LaPaglia), a detective, is also being unfaithful. When the psychiatrist goes missing, the detective is put on the case and soon uncovers a tangled web of intrigue and deceit.

Lantana Review: A landmark Australian film (David and Margaret, 2001)

THURSDAY 8 AUGUST

Wadjda
7:00PM

M
Saudi Arabia, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Starring: Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Reem Abdullah
What's it about?
A rebellious Saudi girl (Mohammed) enters a Koran recitation competition at her school and hopes to win enough money to buy her own bicycle. The story is tailored to highlight the pressures and difficulties faced by women in Saudi Arabia, with a rare glimpse into the lives of women behind closed doors and the warm relationships between mothers and daughters. Nominated for a 2013 BAFTA award for Best Film Not In The English Language.

Wadjda: Haifaa Al-Mansour interview
Wadjda review: A film about female triumph

Paris or Perish
8:50PM

G
France, 2013
Genre: Comedy
Language: Arabic, French
Director: Reem Kherici
Starring: Reem Kherici, Tarek Boudali, Cécile Cassel, Philippe Lacheau
What's it about?
Maya (Kherici), an up and coming young Moroccan stylist, is about to get her first full-time job, in a famous fashion house. Childhood in a working class suburb and her family in Morocco are behind her now, she is now officially an 'it girl' in the world of fashion and Saint Germain des Pres. As bad luck would have it, a simple police check reveals that her green card has expired and in less than 24 hours she is on a direct flight to Morocco, back to the country and family she had wanted to forget, for a shock of cultures and a shock of prejudices.

FRIDAY 9 AUGUST

Pawn Sacrifice
7:30PM

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Lily Rabe, Peter Sarsgaard, Liev Schreiber, Michael Stuhlbarg
What's it about?
During the Cold War chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer (Maguire) takes on Boris Spassky (Schreiber), the Soviet world champion. Though Fischer wants a normal match against his rival, the United States wants it to be seen as the Cold War played out on the chess board. All of this isn't helping the fact that Fischer is constantly dealing with paranoia. This is the world of chess like you've never seen it before.

The Words
9:45PM

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Michael McKean, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde
What's it about?
Young writer Rory Jansen (Cooper) has finally achieved long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There's only one catch: he didn't write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man's work, and for placing ambition and success above life's most fundamental three words. 

The Words: interview with Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons and more

SATURDAY 10 AUGUST

Nightcrawler
7:30PM

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed
What's it about?
Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal) is an ambitious young man desperate to forge himself a career in L.A. crime journalism. He soon immerses himself in the nocturnal underbelly of Los Angeles and joins a group of freelance camera crews who are always on the lookout for crashes, fires and murders to film. Aided by Nina (Russo), a veteran of local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Nominated for a 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Jake Gyllenhaal Wrecked Himself for Nightcrawler, and Here’s Why
Nightcrawler Review: Journalism as bloodsport

La Femme Nikita
9:40PM

MA15+
France, 1990
Genre: Thriller, Action
Language: French
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Anne Parillaud, Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Jean Reno
What's it about?
Nikita's (Parillaud) killer instincts as a ruthless street junkie make her the perfect assassin. Recruited against her will by a secret government organisation, she's transformed into a sexy lethal weapon. From director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional).

La Femme Nikita Review: A real heart grabber

SUNDAY 11 AUGUST

Howl's Moving Castle
7:30PM

PG
Japan, 2004
Genre: Fantasy, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring (voice cast): Emily Mortimer, Jena Malone, Lauren Bacall, Christian Bale, Billy Crystal
What's it about?
Sophie, a teenage girl working in her family's hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when a handsome-but-mysterious wizard named Howl sweeps her off her feet. This innocent encounter enrages the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste, who transforms Sophie into a 90-year-old woman. Sophie's efforts to break the curse bring her to Howl's magical moving castle, where she befriends Markl, Howl's apprentice, and the hot-headed fire demon Calcifer.

Life of Crime
9:45PM

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Language: English
Director: Daniel Schechter
Starring: Tim Robbins, Mos Def, Isla Fisher, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Cannon
What's it about?
Margaret 'Mickey' Dawson (Aniston), a loving, slightly naive housewife whose husband, Frank (Robbins), has been embezzling millions for years and keeping the cash in off-shore accounts without her knowledge. Two career criminals, Louis (Hawkes) and Ordell (Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def), catch wind of his scam and figure if they hold Mickey for ransom, Frank would have no choice but to pay up big. Based on a novel by famed crime author Elmore Leonard.

SBS: Life of Crime Season