• From left: Tehran Taboo, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Romeo + Juliet (SBS Movies)
Highlights on SBS World Movies (Digital Channel 32) this week include Oscar-nominated Belgian drama The Broken Circle Breakdown, the acclaimed Danish thriller The Guilty, Baz Lurhmann's 1996 Shakespeare revision Romeo + Juliet, an animated look at Iranian sex lives in Tehran Taboo, and more.
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11 Sep 2019 - 3:48 PM  UPDATED 12 Sep 2019 - 3:43 PM

MONDAY 16 SEPTEMBER

Get Low
7:30PM

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Aaron Schneider
Starring: Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Robert Duvall, Lucas Black
What's it about?
For years, townsfolk have been terrified of the backwoods recluse known as Felix Bush (Duvall). Then, one day, Felix rides to town with a shotgun and a wad of cash, saying he wants to buy a funeral. It's not your usual funeral for the dead Felix wants. On the contrary, he wants a 'living funeral', in which anyone who ever had heard a story about him will come to tell it, while he takes it all in.

Get Low: Aaron Schneider interview
Get Low Review: Duvall shines in engaging tale of guilt and redemption.

Congo
9:25PM

M
USA, 1995
Genre: Action, Adventure
Language: English, French
Director: Frank Marshall
Starring: Laura Linney, Dylan Walsh, Ernie Hudson, Tim Curry
What's it about?
Eight people embark on an expedition into the Congo, a mysterious expanse of unexplored Africa where human greed and the laws of nature have gone berserk. When the thrill-seekers - some with ulterior motives - stumble across a race of killer apes, they might fight for their survival. Based on the novel by Michael Crichton.

TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER

Pioneer
7:30PM

M
Norway, 2016
Genre: Adventure
Language: English
Director: Erik Skjoldbjaerg
Starring: Aksel Hennie, André Eriksen, Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang
What's it about?
In the early 80's, Norway experiences an oil boom that would forever alter the country's financial future. Enormous oil and gas deposits are discovered in the North Sea and the authorities aim to bring the oil ashore through a pipeline from depths of 500 meters. Two brothers and professional divers, Petter (Hennie) and Knut (Eriksen), are chosen by the Norwegian government and their American backers to go on the dangerous mission to lay the pipe. 

A Season in France
9:35PM

M
France, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Starring: Eriq Ebouaney, Sandrine Bonnaire, Aalayna Lys, Ibrahim Burama Darboe
What's it about?
Abbas (Ebouaney), a high school teacher in the Central African Republic, has fled his war-torn country with his two children. They now live in France, where Abbas works at a food market, while applying for political asylum. A French woman, Carole (Bonnaire), falls in love with him and offers a roof for him and his family. When Abbas’ application is rejected, they face a crucial decision.

'A Season in France' Examines Immigrant Issues

WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER

The Wave
7:30PM

M
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.

Tehran Taboo
9:30PM

MA15+
Germany, Austria, 2017
Genre: Drama, Animation
Language: Persian
Director: Ali Soozandeh
Starring: Arash Marandi, Alireza Bayram, Siir Eloglu, Zahra Amir Ebrahimi
What's it about?
The lives of three strong-willed women and a young musician cross paths in Tehran’s schizophrenic society where sex, adultery, corruption, prostitution and drugs coexist with strict religious law. In this bustling modern metropolis, avoiding prohibition has become an everyday sport and breaking taboos can be a means of personal emancipation.

Tehran Taboo: Hidden sex lives of Iranians revealed in Cannes film

THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER

The Divine Order
7:30PM

M
Switzerland, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English, German, Italian, Swedish
Director: Petra Biondina Volpe
Starring: Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Marta Zoffoli, Bettina Stucky
What's it about?
Nora (Leuenberger) is a young housewife and mother, living in a quaint little village with her husband and their two sons. The Swiss countryside is untouched by the major social upheavals the movement of 1968 has brought about. Nora’s life is not affected either; she is a quiet person who is liked by everybody – until she starts to publicly fight for women’s suffrage, which the men are due to vote on in a ballot on February 7, 1971.

'The Divine Order': Empowering and Amusing in Equal Measure

Diving
9:20PM

M
France, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Mélanie Laurent
Starring: Gilles Lellouche, María Valverde, Marie Denarnaud, Ibrahim Ahmed
What's it about?
This is the story of love between Caesar (Lellouche) and Paz (Valverde). Paz, a Spanish photographer, has a thirst for encounters, experiences and travels, while Caesar, a former war reporter, wishes to retreat from the tumult of the world. Paz is pregnant, this prospect suffocates her. She seems to be getting farther away from Caesar every day, as if obsessed by something that escapes her. Until the day she disappears, leaving her child and Caesar without any real explanation.

FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER

LBJ
7:30PM

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Rob Reiner
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bill Pullman, Richard Jenkins, Jeffrey Donovan
What's it about?
After powerful Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson (Harrelson) loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy (Donovan), he agrees to be his young rival’s running mate. But once they win the election, despite his extensive legislative experience and shrewd political instincts, Johnson finds himself sidelined in the role of vice president. That all changes on Nov. 22, 1963, when Kennedy is assassinated and Johnson is suddenly thrust into the presidency.

The Guilty
9:20PM

M
Denmark, 2018
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Language: Danish
Director: Gustav Moller
Starring: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi, Johan Olsen
What's it about?
Police officer Asger Holm (Cedergren), demoted to desk work as an alarm dispatcher, answers a call from a panicked woman who claims to have been kidnapped. Confined to the police station and with the phone as his only tool, Asger races against time to get help and find her.

'The Guilty': High-Concept, Low-Budget, Muscle-Tensing Thriller

SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER

To Die For
7:30PM

MA15+
USA, 1995
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Gus van Sant
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Matt Dillon, Nicole Kidman, Casey Affleck
What's it about?
Suzanne (Kidman) is a weathergirl on a local TV station who longs to be a high-flying star on Network television. When she feels that her middle-class husband (Dillon) is holding her back, she decides to have him murdered by a teenage boy named Jimmy (Joaquin Phoenix). From director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk).

Nicole Kidman is a revelation in 'To Die For', but what exactly does she reveal?

The Counterfeiters
9:30PM

MA15+
Germany, 2008
Genre: Drama, Crime, War
Language: German
Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Starring: August Diehl, Karl Markovics, Devid Striesow
What's it about?
Salomon 'Sally' Sorowitsch (Markovics) is an expert Jewish counterfeiter enjoying the good life until he’s sent to Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. Sally manages to survive for five years before transfer to Sachsenhausen, where he is assigned to produce perfect forgeries of British and US banknotes for the Third Reich. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 2008.

The Counterfeiters review: A stunning piece of cinema

SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER

Romeo + Juliet
7:30PM

M
USA, 1996
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Sorvino, Paul Rudd
What's it about?
Baz Luhrmann (Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge!) directs Shakespeare's romantic tragedy for the screen, updating the setting to a post-modern city named Verona Beach. In this modern version, the Capulets and the Montagues are two rival gangs. Juliet (Danes) is attending a costume ball thrown by her parents. Her father Fulgencio Capulet (Sorvino) has arranged her marriage to the boorish Paris (Rudd) as part of a strategic investment plan. Romeo (Dicaprio) attends the masked ball and he and Juliet fall in love. 

Romeo + Juliet: Cheat Sheet
Romeo + Juliet review: Simply stupendous

The Broken Circle Breakdown
9:45PM

MA15+
Belgium, Netherlands, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Flemish, English, Dutch
Director: Felix van Groeningen
Starring: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse
What's it about?
Elise (Baetens) and Didier (Heldenbergh) have been together for seven passionate years. When their little girl Maybelle (Cattrysse) is diagnosed with a serious illness, all the turning points in their intense and moving relationship seem to flash by. 2013 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Broken Circle Breakdown review: A wildly emotional rollercoaster ride