• From left: Mary and Max, 99 Homes, Biutiful, Dachra (SBS Movies)
This week's highlights on SBS World Movies (digital channel 32) include Aussie animated favourite Mary & Max, US housing crisis thriller 99 Homes, Javier Bardem's Oscar-winning performance in Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Biutiful, Tunisian horror film Dachra and more.
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9 Oct 2019 - 5:07 PM  UPDATED 11 Oct 2019 - 5:01 PM

MONDAY 14 OCTOBER

Mary and Max
5:50PM

PG
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Animation
Language: English
Director: Adam Elliot
Voice Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries
What's it about?
A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary (voiced by Collette), a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max (voiced by Hoffman), a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. From Adam Elliot, creator of the Oscar-winning 2003 short Harvie Krumpet, and nominated for Best Film at the 2009 AFI Awards.

Mary and Max Review: An achingly beautiful character study of an enduring friendship

99 Homes
9:20PM

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Starring: Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern
What's it about?
After his family is evicted from their home, proud and desperate construction worker Dennis Nash (Garfield) tries to win his home back by striking a deal with the devil and working for Rick Carver (Shannon), the corrupt real estate broker who evicted him. From director Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo).

99 Homes review: A fiery parable of income inequality
Michael Shannon talks '99 Homes', deals with the Devil, and why he's never owned a house
'99 Homes' is perfect viewing if you're mad at the banks

TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER

The Waiting City
7:30PM

M
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English 
Director: Claire McCarthy
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Radha Mitchell, Isabel Lucas
What's it about?
An outwardly happy Australian couple (Edgerton and Mitchell) journey to India to collect their adopted baby. When they arrive in Kolkata they discover that the adoption arrangements have still to be finalised. Soon the intoxicating mystic power of the city pulls them in separate and unexpected directions and the vulnerability of their marriage begins to reveal itself.

Dachra
9:30PM

MA15+
Tunisia, 2018
Genre: Horror
Language: Arabic
Director: Abdelhamid Bouchnak
Starring: Yassmine Dimassi, Aziz Jbali, Bilel Slatnia, Hela Ayed
What's it about?
Set against the backdrop of contemporary Tunisia, this feature – the country's first horror film – revolves around female journalism student Yasmin (Dimassi) and two male classmates (Jbali, Slatnia) who set out on a university assignment to solve the cold case of Mongia, a woman found mutilated 25 years ago and now imprisoned in an asylum, suspected of witchcraft.

Director Abdelhamid Bouchnak on 'Dachra', Tunisia's First Horror Film

WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER

The Tiger Brigades
7:30PM

M
France, 2006
Genre: Action, Adventure
Language: French
Director: Jerome Cornuau
Starring: Edouard Baer, Diane Kruger, Clovis Cornillac, Olivier Gourmet, Jacques Gamblin
What's it about?
The year is 1912, and despite operating in the shadow of the guillotine, French gangsters continue to flourish. The Minister of Interior Affairs creates a dozen of his 'mobile brigades' and deploys them nationwide. One such unit, fronted by straight-arrow cop Valentin (Cornillac), is assigned to track down the gang led by France's most wanted: anarchist Jules Bonnot (Gamblin).

Tanu Weds Manu Returns
9:50PM

PG
India, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: Hindi
Director: Aanand L. Rai
Starring: Kangana Ranaut, R. Madhavan, Jimmy Sheirgill, Deepak Dobriyal, Swara Bhaskar
What's it about?
The sequel to Tanu Weds Manu (2011), in which stars Kangana Ranaut (Tanu) and R. Madhavan (Manu) reprise their roles from the original. Tanu and Manu's marriage collapses. What happens when Manu meets Tanu's lookalike Kusum - and when Tanu returns? Kangana Ranaut also portrays the additional role of a Haryanvi athlete Kusum in the film.

THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER

Grace of Monaco
7:30PM

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: French
Director: Olivier Dahan
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Paz Vega, Frank Langella, Parker Posey
What's it about?
Set in 1962, six years after she celebrated her wedding, Grace of Monaco tells of a year in the life of one of the twentieth century's most iconic women – Grace Kelly (Kidman) – as she strived to reconcile her past and her present, a yearning for a return to the big screen with her newfound role as a mother of two, monarch of a European principality and wife to Prince Ranier III (Roth). Opening night film at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Madame Bovary
9:25PM

M
UK, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sophie Barthes
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans, Ezra Miller, Henry Lloyd-Hughes
What's it about?
Adapted from Flaubert’s classic novel, Madame Bovary tells the tragic story of Emma (Wasikowska), a young beauty who impulsively marries a small-town doctor (Lloyd-Hughes) to leave her father’s (Giamatti) pig farm behind. But after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy mate and seeks excitement and status outside the bonds of marriage.

FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER

Suffragette
7:30PM

M
UK, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sarah Gavron
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw
What's it about?
A working wife and mother's (Mulligan) life is forever changed when she joins the UK's growing suffragette movement. She becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life. When increasingly aggressive police action forces Maud and her dedicated fellow suffragettes underground, they engage in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the authorities, who are shocked as the women's civil disobedience escalates and sparks debate across the nation.

Suffragette review: A steely punch to the gut

The Riot Club
9:30PM

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Lone Scherfig
Starring: Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth, Tom Hollander, Natalie Dormer
What's it about?
At Oxford University the hottest invitation is to The Riot Club, a privileged and exclusive club whose members hold the keys to future success and power. First years Miles (Irons) and Alistair (Clafin) are both dazzlingly clever and offspring of pillars of the Establishment, though politically and socially polar opposites. Alistair, pressured by a family legacy of social success, is ruthlessly determined to succeed. Miles, however, has been seduced by the social kudos of the invitation, but his heart isn’t in it.

'The Riot Club' Offers Scandal And Smarts

SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER

Save Your Legs!
7:30PM

M
Australia, 2012
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Boyd Hicklin
Starring: Stephen Curry, Brenton Thwaites, Brendan Cowell, Damon Gameau, Darshan V. Jariwala
What's it about?
Anglers club president Teddy Brown (Curry) is a 35-year-old under-achiever who worships Sachin Tendulkar and whose life revolves around the game and his cricketing mates. His best buddies are wealthy married guy Stav (Gameau) and Rick (Cowell), who’s about to become a dad. Teddy manages to persuade local businessman Sanjeet (Jariwala) to sponsor his team's trip to India where they’ll compete in a tournament. Inspired by true events.

The Fortress
9:10PM

MA15+
South Korea, 2017
Genre: War, Drama, History
Language: Korean
Director: Hwang Dong-hyuk
Starring: Lee Byung-hun, Kim Yoon-seok, Park Hae-Il, Go Soo
What's it about?
In 1636, the Qing dynasty attacks Joseon. King Injo (Park Hae-Il) and his retainers, including Choi Myung-kil (Lee Byung-hun) and Kim Sang-hun (Kim Yoon-seok), hide in the mountain fortress city of Namhansanseong. They are isolated from the outside. Meanwhile, Choi Myung-kil insists that they enter into negotiations with the Qing dynasty, but Kim Sang-hun proposes that they keep fighting.

SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER

Amistad
7:30PM

M
USA, 1997
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Stellan Skarsgard
What's it about?
Based on actual events in 1838, this is the story of captured African slaves who took over their transport ship in a bloody revolt with the hopes of returning back to their homeland. After the slaves are caught and imprisoned, their leader, Cinque (Hounsou, in an Oscar-nominated performance), unable to understand the language or court system of America, tries to communicate his desire to return home to his defense lawyer, Roger Baldwin (McConaughey), and former slave Theodore Joadson (Freeman). The men plead for help with their groundbreaking court case from former president John Quincy Adams (Hopkins).  

Biutiful
10:20PM

MA15+
Spain, Mexico, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu
Starring: Javier Bardem, Eduard Fernández
What's it about?
This is the journey of Uxbal (Bardem, in an Oscar-nominated performance), a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona. As fate encircles him and thresholds are crossed, a dim, redemptive road brightens, illuminating the inheritances bestowed from father to child, and the paternal guiding hand that navigates life’s corridors. From Alejandro G. Iñárritu, director of Babel, Birdman and The Revenant.

Bardem plays Biutiful on and off-screen