• From left: Bajirao Mastani, Breathe (2017), Babel, Departures (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
The week's film highlights on SBS World Movies include Academy award winners Babel and Departures, the acclaimed 2014 dark comedy Calvary, Bollywood hit Bajirao Mastani, the latest and most spectacular of the Detective Dee series, and more...
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26 Sep 2019 - 11:38 AM  UPDATED 30 Sep 2019 - 1:30 PM

MONDAY 30 SEPTEMBER

Tour De Force
7:30PM

M
France, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Language: French
Director: Laurent Tuel
Starring: Clovis Cornillac, Bouli Lanners, Ary Abittan
What's it about?
Like millions of others worldwide, 40-year-old Francois Nouel (Cornillac) is a Tour de France fan. When his marriage crumbles, he decides to live his dream of participating in the race. Alone at first, others quickly join him, inspired by the challenge he has embraced. The obstacles are many, but as he overcomes them one by one, word of his exploits spreads. 

Tour de Force (2013).

Calvary
9:25PM

MA15+
Ireland, UK, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Chris O'Dowd, Marie-Josée Croze, Dylan Moran
What's it about?
Father James Lavelle (Gleeson) is a good-natured priest but finds himself being tormented by members of the local community. One day, when his life is threatened during a confession, the priest decides it's time to fight back against the dark forces around him. From John Michael McDonagh, writer-director of The Guard.

Calvary Review: Caustic and sharply written
Calvary: John Michael McDonagh Interview

TUESDAY 1 OCTOBER

Sky Hunter
7:30PM

M
China, 2017
Genre: War, Action, Drama
Language: Chinese
Director: Li Chen
Starring: Li Chen, Fan Bingbing, Tomer Oz, Leon Lee, Guo Mingyu, Jiahang Li
What's it about?
China’s first aerial warfare film tells the story of Wu Di, Zhao Yali, Batu and Gao Yuan, who are the well-trained air force elite of the Chinese military. During one overseas operation, a terrorist conspiracy is revealed which threatens hundreds of lives in the area. In order to resolve the hostage crisis and foil the terrorist plot, they are called into action to devote themselves in the unprecedented sky battlefield.

Daguerrotype
9:40PM

M
Japan, France, Belgium, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance, Horror, Fantasy
Language: French
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Starring: Tahar Rahim, Constance Rousseau, Olivier Gourmet, Mathieu Amalric
What's it about?
Jean (Rahim), a young Parisian with few skills and even fewer prospects, seems an unlikely candidate for assistant to famed photographer Stéphane (Gourmet), an obsessive perfectionist living in isolation since his wife’s unexpected death. Yet he soon finds himself in his new employer’s vast, decaying mansion, helping to create lifesized daguerrotypes so vivid they seem almost to contain some portion of their subjects’ souls. The first French-language feature from acclaimed Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, Tokyo Sonata).

WEDNESDAY 2 OCTOBER

The Secret Scripture
7:30PM

M
Ireland, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jim Sheridan
Starring: Rooney Mara, Theo James, Vanessa Redgrave, Eric Bana, Jack Reynor
What's it about?
The hidden memoir of Rose (Redgrave), an elderly woman confined to a mental hospital, reveals the history of her passionate yet tortured life, and of the religious and political upheavals in Ireland during the 1920s and 30s (during which Rose is played by Rooney Mara). From Jim Sheridan, director of My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father.

Bajirao Mastani
9:30PM

MA15+
India, 2015
Genre: War, History, Romance
Language: Hindi
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Starring: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan Khan
What's it about?
Peshwa Bajirao (Singh) is married to Kashibai (Chopra), but falls in love with Mastani (Padukone), a warrior princess in distress. They struggle to make their love triumph amid opposition from his conservative family.

THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER

Amra and the Second Marriage
7:30PM

M
Saudi Arabia, 2018
Genre: Comedy
Language: Arabic
Director: Mahmoud Sabbagh
Starring: Alshaima'a Tayeb, Mohammed Alhamdan, Khairia Nazmi
What's it about?
Amra (Tayeb), a 44-year-old housewife, discovers that her retiring husband is planning to marry a younger second wife. In her attempts to comprehend this new reality, her life begins to unravel as she is pushed towards a hefty compromise. 

Amra and the Second Marriage

Memoir of War
9:15PM

M
Belgium, France, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: French, German
Director: Emmanuel Finkiel
Starring: Melanie Thierry, Benoit Magimel, Benjamin Biolay, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Emmanuel Bourdieu
What's it about?
In the last days of the Nazi-occupied France, writer Marguerite Duras (Thierry) awaits the return of her husband, arrested for being a Resistance fighter and then deported, while she maintains a tense relationship with her ambiguous lover and a dangerous game with a French collaborationist. Even when the Liberation arrives, she must still endure the unbearable pain of waiting.

'Memoir of War': A Personal Account of WWII

FRIDAY 4 OCTOBER

Breathe
7:30PM

M
UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Andy Serkis
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander
What's it about?
In 1957, Robin Cavendish (Garfield), a dashing, charismatic young Englishman, meets a beautiful woman named Diana Blacker (Foy) and swiftly decides to marry her. He takes his new wife out to Kenya, where he works as a tea broker. But within months, he is struck down by polio, which leaves him completely paralysed from the neck down, and dependent on a respirator to ‘breathe’ for him. 

Babel
9:40PM

MA15+
France, USA, Mexico, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Arabic, Spanish, Japanese
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Rinko Kikuchi, Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt
What's it about?
A rifle shot in the Moroccan desert sets in a motion a series of events that will have tragic consequences for the two young Moroccan gunmen, as well as a married American couple who are grieving on holiday, a Mexican nanny struggling to make ends meet and a rebellious, deaf Japanese girl.

Babel: Alejandro González Iñárritu interview
Babel betters with age
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s epic ‘Babel’ embodies the greatness of Mexican cinema

SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER

The Program
7:30PM

M
UK, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Ben Foster, Chris O'Dowd, Dustin Hoffman, Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace, Guillaume Canet
What's it about?
From director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena) comes the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history - Lance Armstrong (Foster), the world-renowned Tour de France champion. 

The Program review: Ben Foster captures Lance Armstrong's implacable will

Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings
9:25PM

MA15+
China, Hong Kong, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Fantasy, Adventure, Action
Language: Chinese
Director: Tsui Hark
Starring: Mark Chao, Carina Lau, Kenny Lin
What's it about?
Dee (Chao), the detective serving Chinese empress Wu Zetian (Lau), is called upon to investigate a series of strange events in Loyang, including the appearance of mysterious warriors wearing Chiyou ghost masks, foxes that speak human language and the pillar sculptures in the palace coming alive.

'Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings': Faultless Escapist Entertainment

Detective Dee and the Four Heavenly Kings

SUNDAY 6 OCTOBER

A Little Chaos
7:30PM

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Alan Rickman
Starring: Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jennifer Ehle
What's it about?
The world’s greatest landscape architect, Le Notre (Schoenaerts) - designer of the Versailles gardens - is unfulfilled in love. Madame Sabine de Bara (Winslet) is pioneering and fiercely independent - her visionary ideas for design seem anarchic to King Louis’ (Rickman) formal court. It takes a little chaos for nature to blossom and love to heal and ignite.

Departures
9:40PM

M
Japan, 2008
Genre: Music, Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Yôjirô Takita
Starring: Masahiro Motoki, Ryôko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki
What's it about?
Daigo Kobayashi (Motoki) is a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and now finds himself without a job. He decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled "Departures" thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency only to discover that the job is actually for a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. Winner of the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. 

Departures Review