• Our 'Modern Masters' season continues this Wednesday evening with 2015's 'Youth', directed by Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty) and starring Michael Caine. (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
This week's highlights on SBS World Movies include Martin Scorsese's Kundun, Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassel in the 2014 French update of Beauty and the Beast, our Modern Masters season continuing with Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, The Young Pope) directing Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel in 2015's Youth and more.
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15 Aug 2019 - 4:35 PM  UPDATED 15 Aug 2019 - 4:35 PM


This Beautiful Fantastic

UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Language: English, Irish
Director: Simon Aboud
Starring: Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott, Jeremy Irvine
What's it about?
A contemporary fairy tale revolving around the most unlikely of friendships between a reclusive, agoraphobic young woman (Finday) with dreams of being a children’s book author and a curmudgeonly old widower (Wilkinson), set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in the heart of London. 

The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Sweden, 2013
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Felix Herngren
Starring: Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg, Mia Skäringer
What's it about?
After living a long and colourful life, Allan Karlsson (Gustafsson) finds himself stuck in a nursing home. On his 100th birthday, he leaps out a window and begins an unexpected journey. An international box office hit and 2016 Oscar nominee for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling.



USA, Monaco, Morocco, 1997
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: English, Tibetan, Mandarin
Director: Martin Scoresese
Starring: Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin
What's it about?
In 1937, a two year old boy from a simple family is recognised as Kundun, the fourteenth reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and political leader of Tibet Educated by the monks. The film charts his extraordinary growth into a figure who raises the world’s consciousness about the Buddhist society of the spirit, the plight of Tibet, and the sufferings endured by his people with unspeakable grace and dignity. From legendary director Martin Scorsese.

The White Knights

Belgium, France, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Joachim Lafosse
Starring: Vincent Lindon, Louise Bourgoin, Valerie Donzelli
What's it about?
Jacques Arnault (Lindon), head of Sud Secours NGO, is planning a high impact operation: he and his team are going to exfiltrate 300 orphan victims of the Chadian civil war and bring them to French adoption applicants. Françoise Dubois (Donzelli), a journalist, is invited to come along with them and handle the media coverage for this operation. Completely immersed in the brutal reality of a country at war, the NGO members start losing their convictions and are faced with the limits of humanitarian intervention.


Beauty and the Beast

France, 2014
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Language: French
Director: Christophe Gans
Starring: Vincent Cassel, André Dussollier, Eduardo Noriega, Léa Seydoux
What's it about?
In this adaptation of the classic fairy tale, an unexpected romance blooms after the youngest daughter (Seydoux) of a merchant (Dussollier) offers herself to the mysterious beast (Cassel) to which her father has become indebted. 


UK, Italy, France, Switzerland, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: German, Spanish, English
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Michael Caine, Paul Dano, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda
What's it about?
Two lifelong friends ponder retirement while vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge. While Fred (Caine) has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena (Weisz), Mick (Keitel) is intent on finishing the screenplay for what may be his last important film for his muse Brenda (Fonda). And where will inspiration lead their younger friend Jimmy (Dano), an actor grasping to make sense of his next performance? From Paolo Sorrentino, director of The Young Pope and The Great Beauty.


Death Defying Acts

UK, Australia, 2007
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Starring: Guy Pearce, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Timothy Spall, Saoirse Ronan 
What's it about?
When in Edinburgh during his 1926 world tour, the escape artist Harry Houdini (Pearce) offers $10,000 to the person who can successfully contact his late mother. Marie Magarvie (Zeta-Jones), who performs in a psychic act with her daughter (Ronan), take up the challenge and in so doing attracts the affections of Houdini. From Gillian Armstrong, director of My Brilliant Career and Little Women.


Brazil, 2016
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: Portuguese
Director: Hugo Prata
Starring: Andréia Horta, Caco Ciocler, Gustavo Machado, Lúcio Mauro Filho
What's it about?
The life of Elis Regina (Horta) - arguably the biggest Brazilian singer of all time - is set to an energetic, pulsating rhythm in this musical biopic. A cultural trendsetter who signaled a shift in styles from Bossa Nova to Brazilian Popular Music, the fiery 'Pimentinha' lived a turbulent life. While clashing with her country’s dictatorship, she struggled with her own personal demons. 


Liberal Arts

USA, 2011
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Josh Radnor
Starring: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney
What's it about?
Jesse Fisher (Radnor) is a disillusioned 35-year-old college admissions officer who has just broken up with his girlfriend. An invitation from his favourite college professor (Jenkins) to speak at his retirement dinner gives Jesse an opportunity to relive his glory days as an engaged and engaging literature student. At his alma mater he meets Zibby (Olsen) – a precocious classical music-loving sophomore – who awakens in him long-dormant feelings of possibility and connection.

Liberal Arts Review

A Single Man

USA, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Tom Ford
Starring: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Ginnifer Goodwin, Nicholas Hoult
What's it about?
Torn apart by the shattering impact of the death of his long-time lover, college professor George Falconer (Firth) experiences the most transformative day of his life, blending past and present, desire and despair, and discovering that love persists even after the object of love is gone. Set in a sun-drenched 1960s California coastal A Single Man marks the directorial debut of American fashion icon Tom Ford, who went on to director 2016's Nocturnal Animals.

A Single Man with many facets
A Single Man Review


Labyrinth of Lies

Germany, 2014
Genre: Drama, History
Language: German
Director: Giulio Ricciarelli
Starring: Alexander Fehling, André Szymanski, Friederike Becht, Johann von Bülow
What's it about?
Germany, 1958. Nobody wants to look back to the time of the Nazi regime, so when young prosecuting attorney Johann Radmann (Fehling) comes across sensitive documents that would bring members of the SS who served in Auschwitz to trial, he is told to bury the past. However, against the will of his superiors, he begins to examine the case and lands in a web of repression and denial.

Joan of Arc
9:50PM, SBS

France, 1999
Action, Drama, History
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway
What's it about?
Luc Besson's (Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element) epic medieval war saga about the iconic French heroin and religious martyr of the 15th century. In 1429, a teenage girl (Jovovich) from a remote French village stood before her King with a message she claimed came from God; that she would defeat the world's greatest army and liberate her country from its political and religious turmoil.



France, Germany, Israel, 2012
Genre: Sport, True Story
Language: English, German, Turkish, Hebrew
Director: Eran Riklis
Starring: Danny Huston, Amira Casar, Mark Waschke
What's it about?
A biopic film about Israeli basketball coach Max Stoller (Huston), Playoff remembers one of the country's greatest international sporting successes - coaching Maccabi Tel Aviv to become the European Champions in the late '70s. In a surprising turn of events, Stoller went onto become a national villain as he later took on the job of coaching the West-German side.


Australia, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Neil Armfield
Starring: Abbie Cornish, Heath Ledger, Geoffrey Rush
What's it about?
Candy (Cornish) and Dan (Ledger) are, respectively, an aspiring artist and a would-be poet whose love is matched only by each other's desire to take heroin. Initially this joint addiction strengthens the couples' bond, but as things get out of control tough choices must be made. From acclaimed director of stage and screen Neil Armfield (Holding the Man).

Candy Review