• From left: Andhadhun, Agora, The Day I Saw Your Heart, Borg vs. McEnroe (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
This week's highlights on SBS World Movies (Digital Channel 32) include Shia LaBeouf as John McEnroe in Borg vs. McEnroe, Fan Bingbing in the Chinese comic parable I Am Not Madame Bovary, a tense morality play at sea in 2018's critically acclaimed German-Austrian drama Styx, the heartwarming Indian hit The Lunchbox and more...
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3 Oct 2019 - 10:31 AM  UPDATED 11 Oct 2019 - 5:02 PM

Note: This article has been updated to include the 2017 sequel Brotherhood of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield on Saturday 12 October instead of the erroneously-listed original Brotherhood Of Blades (2014).


The Day I Saw Your Heart

France, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Jennifer Devoldère
Starring: Mélanie Laurent, Michel Blanc, Florence Loiret Caille
What's it about?
Justine (Laurent) is a young woman who works at an x-ray lab and has a serious problem with commitment. She leaves behind a trail of ex-boyfriends, and is crashing on her sister’s couch. But her already-dysfunctional family is torn apart when Justine’s 60-year-old father announces that he and his new young wife are set to have another baby. Distraught at the fact she will no longer be the youngest child and unable to face her problems head-on, Justine begins to act out as her family falls apart. 

Suck Me Shakespeer

Germany, 2013
Genre: Comedy
Language: German
Director: Bora Dagtekin
Starring: Elyas M'Barek, Karoline Herfurth, Katja Riemann 
What's it about?
Zeki Mueller (M'Barek) was in jail for 13 months, just enough time for Goethe High to construct a new gym on the exact spot where Zeki’s friend buried his loot from a robbery. In order to get regular access to the school’s basement, from where he hopes to drill a tunnel to his stolen money, Zeki takes on a job as a substitute teacher at the school. But will his elaborate plan work, or only lead him back behind bars? 


Arsene Lupin

France, 2004
Genre: Crime
Language: French
Director: Jean-Paul Salomé
Starring: Romain Duris, Kristin Scott Thomas
What's it about?
Arsène Lupin (Duris), an aristocratic Belle Epoque gentleman robber, preys on the rich and is kind to the poor. Fate teams him up with the beautiful and mysterious Countess of Cagliostro (Scott Thomas) who is involved in a devious plot to recover the treasure of the kings of France. The key to the treasure is seven golden crucifixes. An underground monarchist network is also after the treasure: they need it to fund the restoration of the monarchy.

Valley of Shadows

Norway, 2017
Genre: Horror, Drama, Mystery
Language: Norwegian
Director: Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen
Starring: Adam Ekeli, Katherine Fagerland, Jørgen Langhelle, Lennard Salamon
What's it about?
Aslak (Ekeli) ventures into a dark, misty forest in search of mysterious creatures that eat sheep, in this Scandinavian Gothic fable from Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen. Nominated for the Discovery Award at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

'Valley of Shadows': Dread Inducing, Achingly Beautiful


The Lunchbox

India, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Hindi
Director: Ritesh Batra
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
What's it about?
Lonely housewife Ila (Kaur) decides to try adding some spice to her stale marriage by preparing a special lunch for her neglectful husband. Unfortunately, the delivery winds up in the hands of Saajan (Khan), an irritable widower. Curious about her husband's response, Ila adds a note to the next day's lunchbox, and thus begins an unusual friendship in which Saajan and Ila can talk about their joys and sorrows without ever meeting in person. 

Irrfan Khan opens up about The Lunchbox, love letters and his favourite foods (interview)
The Lunchbox Review: Gentle romance gets the flavours just right


India, 2018
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Language: English, Hindi
Director: Sriram Raghavan
Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Radhika Apte, Tabu, Zakir Hussain
What's it about?
A series of mysterious events change the life of Akash (Khurrana), an apparently blind pianist who now must report a crime that was actually never witnessed by him. Winner of four awards at India's Screen Awards ceremony, including Best Director and Best Screenplay, and five Filmfare Awards, including Best Film (Critics) and Best Actor (Critics) for Khurrana.



Austria, Germany, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: German, English
Director: Wolfgang Fischer
Starring: Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa, Kelvin Mutuku Ndinda, Inga Birkenfeld
What's it about?
Rike (Wolff) intends to use her much-needed annual leave to realise her dream of sailing alone from Gibraltar to Ascension, a small tropical island in the middle of the Atlantic. Her desire for a carefree holiday seems to be until after a storm, her beautiful adventure suddenly turns into an unprecedented challenge when she spots a badly damaged, overloaded refugee boat nearby.

'Styx': Lean, Gripping, Topical Drama At Sea

I Am Not Madame Bovary

China, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Chinese
Director: Feng Xiaogang
Starring: Fan Bingbing, Zhang Jiayi, Yu Hewei, 郭涛, Dong Chengpeng
What's it about?
Tells the satirical story of a village woman (Fan Bingbing) accused of being an adulterer. After a ruling is made against her in her divorce case, she begins an annual ‘journey of petition’ to Beijing in order to prove that her divorce was a sham, and to redeem her reputation.

'I Am Not Madame Bovary': Sublimely Ridiculous



UK, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy-Clark, Mare Winningham
What's it about?
When former journalist Martin Sixsmith (Coogan, who also co-wrote the film's Oscar-nominated screenplay) is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena (Dench, in an Oscar-nominated performance), who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America.

Philomena: Stephen Frears interview
Philomena: Steve Coogan interview
Philomena Review


Spain, 2009
Genre: Drama, History, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac, Max Minghella
What's it about?
A historical drama set in 4th century AD Roman Egypt, about a slave (Isaac) who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hopes of pursuing freedom while also falling in love with his master, the famous female philosophy and mathematics professor, Hypatia of Alexandria (Weisz). Winner of seven Spanish Goya Awards in 2010.

Agora takes the sword to fundamentalism
Agora gets a tick for credibility
Why You Should Watch: Agora


Borg vs. McEnroe

Sweden, 2017
Genre: Drama, Sport
Language: English, Swedish
Director: Janus Metz Pedersen
Starring: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård
What's it about?
It’s the summer of 1980 and Björn Borg (Gudnason) is the top tennis player in the world, dominating the sport both on and off the court. A powerful and rigorously disciplined player, there is only one obstacle in his pursuit of a record-breaking fifth Wimbledon championship - the highly talented but ferociously abrasive young American, John McEnroe (LaBeouf).

Shia LaBeouf Shines In 'Borg vs. McEnroe'

Sverrir Gudnason as Björn Borg and Shia LaBeouf as John McEnroe in 'Borg vs. McEnroe'

Brotherhood of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield

China, 2017
Genre: Romance, Action, Drama, History
Language: Chinese
Director: Lu Yang
Starring: Chang Chen, Yang Mi, Zhang Yi, Lei Jiayin, Xin Zhilei, Li Yuan
What's it about?
An imperial guard (Chang Chen) searches for the truth behind a conspiracy that framed him and his partners. The proof of his innocence lies with a wanted woman named Bei Zhai (Yang Mi), but will she reveal what she knows? In this intense prequel to Brotherhood of Blades, the only thing he can truly trust is his sword.



USA, 2014
Genre: Music, Drama
Language: English
Director: Francois Girard
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Garrett Wareing, Debra Winger, Kathy Bates, Kevin McHale, Josh Lucas
What's it about?
Stet (Wareing) is struggling just to get by in a tough Texas neighbourhood with an overwhelmed single mum. His school principal (Winger) is convinced his angelic singing voice is worth championing, but Stet has no idea how it might help him face the dark realities of his life. That all shifts when a sudden accident lands Stet on the East Coast at one of the most elite private boychoir schools in the country, the National Boychoir Academy. There, he immediately runs up against the most demanding, uncompromising and compelling person he’s ever met: the school’s Headmaster Carvelle (Hoffman).

Saint Laurent

France, 2014
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: French
Director: Bertrand Bonello
Starring: Gaspard Ulliel, Léa Seydoux, Jérémie Renier, Louis Garrel, Brady Corbet
What's it about?
A look at the life of the late French fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent (Ulliel), from 1965 to 1976 when he was at the peak of his career. From acclaimed director Bertrand Bonello (Nocturama, House of Pleasures).

Saint Laurent Review