• From left: Happy End, Anomalisa, Son of Saul, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
This week's highlights on SBS World Movies include Isabelle Huppert in Michael Haneke's Happy End, Charlie Kaufman's Oscar-nominated animated drama Anomalisa, the Oscar-winning holocaust drama Son of Saul, and the Serge Gainsbourg biopic Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life.
4 Sep 2019 - 5:03 PM  UPDATED 5 Sep 2019 - 8:47 AM

MONDAY 9 SEPTEMBER

Tony Takitani
10:50AM

PG
Japan, 2004 
Genre: Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Jun Ichikawa
Starring: Issei Ogata, Rie Miyazawa, Shinohara Takahumi
What's it about?
Tony Takitani (Ogata) had a solitary childhood. At school he studied art, but while his sketches are accurate and detailed, they lack feeling. Used to being self-sufficient, Tony finds himself becoming more irrational and instinctive. After finding his true vocation as a technical illustrator, he becomes fascinated by Eiko (Miyazawa), a client who in turn is fascinated by high end fashion. Based on the novel by Haruki Murakami.

Strange Birds
9:45PM

M
France, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: French
Director: Elise Girard
Starring: Lolita Chammah, Jean Sorel, Virginie Ledoyen, Pascal Cervo, Ronald Chammah
What's it about?
Mavie (Chammah) is a wayward 27-year-old girl. Looking erratically for her own way, she moves to Paris and meets Georges (Sorel), an lonely and cynical librarian, who has no expectations from life. Love can assume different forms and their unconventional connection will change Mavie's path in life forever. 

TUESDAY 10 SEPTEMBER

Norman
7:30PM

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Thriller, Drama
Language: Hebrew, English
Director: Joseph Cedar
Starring: Richard Gere, Michael Sheen, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi
What's it about?
Norman Oppenheimer (Gere), a financial schemer living in New York City, tries to be everyone's friend. He is welcomed into the inner circle of old pal and Israel's new prime minister Micha Eshel. From Joseph Cedar, director of the Oscar-nominated Footnote (2011).

Happy End
9:40PM

M
Austria, France, Germany, 2017
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English, French
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Toby Jones
What's it about?
A middle-class family living in Calais deal with a series of setbacks while paying little attention to the grim conditions in the refugee camps within a few miles of their home. From acclaimed writer-director Michael Haneke (Funny Games, Hidden, The White Ribbon and 2012's Oscar-winner Amour). 

'Happy End' review: Dark Laughs in Haneke's Latest

Isabelle Huppert, Toby Jones, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Mathieu Kassovitz star in Michael Haneke's 2017 feature 'Happy End'.

WEDNESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER

My Summer in Provence
7:30PM

M
France, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English, French
Director: Rose Bosch
Starring: Jean Reno, Anna Galiena, Chloé Jouannet, Hugo Dessioux, Lukas Pellisier
What's it about?
Exploring family ties and a clash of generations, this touching film follows three siblings (played by Jouannet, Dessioux and Pellisier) who are forced to spend their summer with their estranged grandfather (Reno) following their parents' split. 

Anomalisa
9:30PM

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Animation
Language: English
Director: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson
Starring (voice cast): David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan
What's it about?
Suffering an identity crisis, middle-age writer Michael (Thewlis) meets up during his one-night visit in Cincinatti with an old flame, who has never gotten over him dumping her, and a woman named Lisa (Leigh), who has come to hear him speak at a seminar and who gives Michael new inspiration for life. From Charlie Kaufman, writer of Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

'Anomalisa' review: A Tender, Human Animation
Charlie Kaufman's animation feature 'Anomalisa' is adult-only

THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER

Like Water for Chocolate
7:30PM

M
Mexico, 1992
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Alfonso Arau
Starring: Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torné, Ada Carrasco
What's it about?
Tita is passionately in love with Pedro, but her controlling mother forbids her from marrying him. When Pedro marries her sister, Tita throws herself into her cooking and discovers she can transfer her emotions through the food she prepares, infecting all who eat it with her intense heartbreak. A US box office hit on release, and nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Adult Life Skills
9:40PM

M
UK, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Rachel Tunnard
Starring: Jodie Whittaker, Lorraine Ashbourne, Brett Goldstein, Rachael Deering
What's it about?
Anna (Whittaker) is stuck: she’s approaching 30 and has just moved back to her rural home-town, and into a shed in her mother’s backyard. She spends her time working a menial job at a local boating center and hides in the depths of her imagination, making movies with her thumbs. Irritated by her childish behavior, Anna's mother insists that she move out of her shed and on with her life. When a troubled young boy starts hanging around, the two form an unlikely bond. 

FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER

6 Days
7:30PM

M
New Zealand, UK, 2017
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Toa Fraser
Starring: Jamie Bell, Abbie Cornish, Mark Strong, Martin Shaw
What's it about?
London, England, April 1980. Six terrorists assault the Embassy of Iran and take hostages. For six days, tense negotiations are held while the authorities decide whether a military squad should intervene.

Gomorrah
9:20PM

MA15+
Italy, 2008
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: Italian
Director: Matteo Garrone
Starring: Gianfelice Imparato, Tony Servillo, Salvatore Abruzzese, Simone Sacchettino
What's it about?
Based on the book by Roberto Saviano, this is an inside look at Italy's modern-day crime families, told through the stories of five individuals who think they can make their own compact with the Camorra. Winner of the Grand Prize at Cannes in 2008, and five European Film Awards, including Best Film. 

Gomorrah Review

SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER

Just a Breath Away
7:30PM

M
France, 2018
Genre: Science Fiction
Language: French
Director: Daniel Roby
Starring: Romain Duris, Olga Kurylenko, Fantine Harduin, Michel Robin
What's it about?
When Paris is submerged in a strange mortal fog, survivors take refuge on the city’s upper floors and rooftops. Without news, electricity, water or food, one small family struggles to survive the catastrophe. But as the hours pass, they are forced to face reality - rescue teams aren’t coming. If they hope to make it out alive, they will have to risk going out into the fog. 

Son of Saul
9:10PM

M
Hungary, 2015
Genre: War, Drama
Language: German, Hungarian, Yiddish
Director: Laszlo Nemes
Starring: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn
What's it about?
In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner (Röhrig) forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival trying to save from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son. Winner of the 2015 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Son of Saul review: An unforgettable experience

SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER

The Confirmation
7:30PM

M
Canada, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Bob Nelson
Starring: Clive Owen, Jaeden Martell, Maria Bello, Tim Blake Nelson, Patton Oswalt, Matthew Modine
What's it about?
Walt (Owen) and Bonnie (Bello) are the divorced parents of eight-year-old Anthony (Martell). When Bonnie and her new husband (Modine) head off to a religious retreat, Anthony gets to spend two days with his dad for the first time in what seems like forever. 

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life
9:30PM

M
France, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Joann Sfar
Starring: Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta, Doug Jones, Anna Mouglalis
What's it about?
A glimpse at the life of French singer Serge Gainsbourg (played by Elmosnino), from growing up in 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris through his successful song-writing years in the 1960s to his death in 1991 at the age of 62, also charting his development into a rising young star and unlikely womaniser who charms Brigitte Bardot (Casta) and weds Jane Birkin (Gordon). Winner of three César Awards in 2011, including Best Actor and Best First Film.