• From left: Amelie, Rust & Bone, My Life As a Zucchini, Denial (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
Highlights on SBS World Movies (digital channel 32) this week include the modern French classic Amélie, Marion Cotillard & Matthias Schoenaerts in 2012's Rust & Bone, the animated My Life As A Zucchini, Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson in 2016 true story Denial, and more.
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18 Sep 2019 - 5:09 PM  UPDATED 18 Sep 2019 - 5:09 PM

MONDAY 23 SEPTEMBER

Heartbreaker
7:30PM

MA15+
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

In Order of Disappearance
9:25PM

MA15+
Norway, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Action
Language: Norwegian, Swedish
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Starring: Bruno Ganz, Stellan Skarsgård, Peter Andersson
What's it about?
Introverted, hard-working snowplow driver Nils (Skarsgård) has just been named Citizen of the Year, when he receives news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. Disbelieving the official report, Nils uncovers evidence of his son's murder; an innocent victim of local crime boss, The Count (Ganz). Armed with heavy machinery and a good dose of beginner's luck, Nils embarks upon a bloody quest for revenge that inadvertently ignites a full-blown underworld gang war, with the body count spiralling ever higher and higher.

TUESDAY 24 SEPTEMBER

Love & Peace
7:30PM

PG
Japan, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Sion Sono
Starring: Hiroki Hasegawa, Kumiko Asô, Toshiyuki Nishida, Kiyohiko Shibukawa
What's it about?
Ryoichi (Hasegawa), who once dreamed of becoming a punk rocker, is working as a low salaryman at a musical instrument parts company. He’s secretly in love with his colleague, but is too timid to make conversation. One day, he finds a little turtle on the rooftop, naming it Pikadon; together, they begin an adventure. An unusually family-friendly offering from Sion Sono, cult director of Tokyo Tribe and Love Exposure.

'Love and Peace': Delightful Wish-fulfillment Pop Musical

Hiroki Hasegawa in 'Love & Peace' (2015)

Samba
9:40PM

M
France, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache
Starring: Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim, Izïa Higelin
What's it about?
Samba (Sy) migrated to France 10 years ago from Senegal, and has since been plugging away at various lowly jobs. Alice (Gainsbourg) is a senior executive who has recently undergone a burnout. Both struggle to get out of their dead-end lives. Samba's willing to do whatever it takes to get working papers, while Alice tries to get her life back on track until fate draws them together. From the creators of the 2012 hit The Intouchables.

WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER

Through The Fire
7:30PM

M
France, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Frédéric Tellier
Starring: Pierre Niney, Anaïs Demoustier, Damien Bonnard, Vincent Rottiers
What's it about?
Franck (Niney) is a firefighter in Paris. He saves people. He lives at the station with his wife, who is about to have twins. He’s happy. During a call out to a fire, be puts himself in danger, to save his men. He’s going to have to learn to live again and accept to be the one being saved, this time.

My Life as a Zucchini
9:40PM

PG
France, Switzerland, 2016
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family
Language: French
Director: Claude Barras
Starring: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud, Michel Vuillermoz
What's it about?
After his mother’s death, Zucchini is befriended by a kind police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. There, with the help of his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love as he searches for a new family of his own. Written by Céline Sciamma, writer-director of Girlhood and Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

Animated film 'My Life as a Zucchini' is simply irresistible for kids and adults alike

THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER

Alibi.com
7:30PM

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.

From the Land of the Moon
9:10PM

MA15+
Canada, France, Belgium, 2016
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French, Spanish, German
Director: Nicole Garcia
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel, Àlex Brendemühl, Brigitte Rouan
What's it about?
An adaptation of Milena Agus' eponymous novel set after WWII, this film spans 20 years, following the destiny of a passionate, free-spirited woman (Cotillard) who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man. In Official Competition selection at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER

Denial
7:30PM

M
UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Mick Jackson
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall
What's it about?
Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt (Weisz) must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving (Spall), a renowned denier, sues her for libel.

LISTEN TO INTERVIEW WITH 'DENIAL' DIRECTOR MICK JACKSON 
(From 10:38)

Cashback
9:35PM

MA15+
UK, 2006
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Sean Ellis
Starring: Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Michelle Ryan
What's it about?
When art student Ben Willis (Biggerstaff) is dumped by his girlfriend Suzy (Ryan), he develops insomnia. To pass the long hours of the night, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket. There he meets a colourful cast of characters, all of whom have their own 'art' in dealing with the boredom of an eight-hour shift. Ben's art is that he imagines himself stopping time. This way, he can appreciate the artistic beauty of the frozen world and the people inside it - especially Sharon (Fox), the quiet checkout girl, who perhaps holds the answer to solving the problem of Ben's insomnia. 

SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER

The Company You Keep
7:30PM

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Robert Redford
Starring: Terrence Howard, Julie Christie, Stanley Tucci, Brit Marling, Shia LaBeouf, Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Anna Kendrick
What's it about?
After a former member of the radical protest/terrorist organisation the Weather Underground (Sarandon) turns herself in to the FBI, a young journalist (LaBeouf) becomes determined to find the other members. Soon enough, he discovers the identity of Jim Grant (Redford), a former member who's wanted for murder. 

The 12th Man
9:45PM

MA15+
Norway, 2017
Genre: Drama, War
Language: Northern Sami, English, German
Director: Harald Zwart
Starring: Thomas Gullestad, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Marie Blokhus, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen
What's it about?
After a failed anti-Nazi sabotage mission leaves his eleven comrades dead, a Norwegian resistance fighter (Gullestad) finds himself fleeing the Gestapo through the snowbound reaches of Scandinavia.

'The 12th Man': Intense Tale of Survival in Nazi-occupied Norway

SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER

Amelie
7:30PM

M
France, 2001
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz
What's it about?
Young Amélie Poulain (Tautou) works in a Paris café, lives alone and helps people, surreptitiously. Whether it's secretly returning the childhood treasures of a middle aged man, to matchmaking for the lovelorn, Amélie gives fate a helping hand. When Nino (Kassovitz) enters her world, her life takes a new and exciting turn. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Original Screenplay and Foreign Language Film.

Amelie: Reviewed by David Stratton
Dinner and a movie: Watch Amelie & make crème brûlée

Rust and Bone
9:45PM

MA15+
France, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Jacques Audiard
Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Marion Cotillard, Céline Sallette, Corinne Masiero
What's it about?
After suddenly finding himself face-to-face with a young son he hardly knows, Ali (Schoenaerts), penniless and friendless, takes refuge with his sister (Masiero). Meanwhile, he meets a beautiful woman, Stephanie (Cotillard), during a night club brawl. Stephanie trains killer whales at Marineland. When a performance ends in tragedy, a call in the night again brings them together. From Jacques Audiard, director of A Prophet and The Beat That My Heart Skipped.