• From left: Bad Genius, The Red Shoes, Personal Shopper, Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
Next week's highlights on SBS World Movies include Thai hit Bad Genius, Powell & Pressburger season contuining with 1948 classic The Red Shoes, Kristen Stewart in the 2016 supernatural drama Personal Shopper, and Vincent Cassel in the biopic Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti.
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7 Nov 2019 - 11:35 AM  UPDATED 7 Nov 2019 - 5:01 PM


Bad Genius

Thailand, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Crime
Language: Thai
Director: Nattawut Poonpiriya
Starring: Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, Eisaya Hosuwan, Teeradon Supapunpinyo
What's it about?
Inspired by true events. Lynn (Chuengcharoensukying), a brilliant high school student who makes money by cheating tests, receives a new task that leads her to travel from Bangkok to Sydney, Australia. In order to complete the millions-Baht task, Lynn and her classmates have to finish the international STIC(SAT) exam and deliver the answers back to her friends in Thailand before the exam takes place once again in her home country.

'Bad Genius': Exam-Cheating Syndicate Makes For Nail-Biting Heist Movie

Easy Sex, Sad Movies

Spain, Argentina, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: Spanish
Director: Alejo Flah
Starring: Ernesto Alterio, Quim Gutierrez, Marta Etura, Carlos Areces
What's it about?
Buenos Aires screenwriter Pablo (Alterio) is hired to write a new romantic comedy. As he begins his story, he visualises his characters living in Madrid. Pablo creates a meet-cute between Marina (Etura) and Víctor (Gutierrez), a cute couple in Madrid who are soon totally in love. Yet as Pablo gets more and more into the script, he finds it difficult to separate his movie characters from what is happening in his own real life – specifically, his own love life.


The Red Shoes

UK, 1948
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Michael Powell
Starring: Moira Shearer, Marius Goring, Anton Walbrook
What's it about?
'Why do you want to dance?" asks imperious artistic director Boris Lermontov (Walbrook) to ballerina hopeful, Vicky Page (Shearer), who can answer only with another question: 'Why do you want to live?" Under the authoritarian rule of Lermontov his proteges realise the full promise of their talents, but at a price — utter devotion to their art and complete loyalty to Lermontov himself. Vicky is begrudgingly admitted into Lermontov's troupe, soon becoming its star while falling in love with the equally driven young composer, Julian (Goring).

Restoring The Red Shoes


Denmark, Sweden, 2018
Genre: Thriller, Fantasy, Romance, Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Ali Abbasi
Starring: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Sten Ljunggren, Ann Petrén
What's it about?
When a border guard with a sixth sense for identifying smugglers encounters the first person she cannot prove is guilty, she is forced to confront terrifying revelations about herself and humankind. Winner of the Un Certain Regard award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and nominated for a 2019 Academy Award for Best Makeup.

'Border': Genre-Bending Swedish Film Destined For Cult Status

Eva Melander in 'Border' (2018)


The Tree of Life

USA, 2011
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt
What's it about?
Director Terrence Malick (Badlands, The Thin Red Line) traces the evolution of an 11-year-old boy in the Midwest, from his first experiences of joy love and mercy (from his mother), to his introduction to the 'ways of the world' (from his father). Each parent contends for his allegiance, and the boy must reconcile their claims. His experience of the world, once a thing of glory, becomes a labyrinth as he seeks unselfish love. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and nominated for Best Picture at the 2012 Academy Awards.

The Tree of Life Review: Malick ponders our place in the universe
Why You Should Watch: The Tree of Life

Personal Shopper

France, 2016
Genre: Drama, Horror
Language: English, French
Director: Olivier Assayas
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Benjamin Biolay
What's it about?
Maureen (Stewart) is a young American in Paris making her living as a personal shopper for a celebrity. Also, she may have the psychic ability to communicate with spirits, just like her twin brother, Lewis, who recently passed away. Maureen soon starts receiving mysterious messages coming from an unknown source. From Olivier Assayas, director of Carlos, Irma Vep, Summer Hours and Clouds of Sils Maria.

Personal Shopper review: Kristen Stewart is a rare medium in ghost drama (Cannes)
Kristen Stewart talks fashion, fears, text etiquette - and 'Personal Shopper'



India, 2005
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Hindi
Director: Deepa Mehta
Starring: Rinsly Weerarathne, Buddhi Wickrama, Lisa Ray, Rishma Malik
What's it about?
Deepa Mehta's film (the third in his 'Elements' trilogy following 1996's Fire and 1998's Earth) examines the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi. It focuses on a relationship between one of the widows, who wants to escape the social restrictions imposed on widows, and a man who is from the highest caste and a follower of Mahatma Gandhi.

Water review: A story of self-sacrifice, life and love

A Date for Mad Mary

Ireland, 2016
Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy
Language: English, Irish
Director: Darren Thornton
Starring: Seána Kerslake, Tara Lee, Charleigh Bailey, Denise McCormack
What's it about?
"Mad" Mary McArdle (Kerslake) returns to Drogheda after a short spell in prison for something she'd rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene (Bailey), is about to get married and Mary is maid of honor. When Charlene refuses Mary a 'plus one' on the grounds that she probably couldn't find a date, Mary becomes determined to prove her wrong.

'A Date for Mad Mary': Instantly Lovable Coming-of-Age Charmer


A Birder's Guide to Everything

USA, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Family
Language: English
Director: Rob Meyer
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, James Le Gros, Ben Kingsley, Alex Wolff
What's it about?
David Portnoy (Smit-McPhee), a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history.

Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti

France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Danish, French, Tahitian
Director: Édouard Deluc
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Tuheï Adams, Malik Zidi, Pua-Taï Hikutini
What's it about?
In 1891, the French painter Paul Gauguin (Cassel) leaves Paris and travels to Tahiti to renew his art as a free man, far from the European artistic conventionalism. On his journey of discovery, he faces solitude and disease, but he also knows the beauty of wild nature and the love of Tehura (Adams), a young native girl who becomes his wife and model.


Escobar: Paradise Lost

Belgium, France, Spain, 2014
Genre: Thriller, Romance
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Andrea Di Stefano
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, Brady Corbet
What's it about?
Looks at the life of the infamous Columbian drug lord in his later years, through the eyes of outsider Nick, a young surfer on a visit to his brother in Colombia. Against an idyllic backdrop of blue lagoons and white beaches, he soon falls madly in love with a beautiful local girl called Maria. Everything seems perfect, until he meets her uncle, one Pablo Escobar.

Loving Pablo

Spain, 2017
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Fernando Leon de Aranoa
Starring: Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Peter Sarsgaard
What's it about?
Academy Award winners Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz reunite in the true story of the volatile love affair between Colombia’s most famous journalist, Virginia Vallejo and the world’s most feared drug lord, Pablo Escobar. When Virginia first met Pablo, she was drawn to him by his charisma and contagious passion for his country and the people he loves. As their passionate affair intensified, so did the brutal violence and tyranny that surrounded Escobar’s empire.

Javier Bardem, on finally making his Escobar movie ‘Loving Pablo’, with Penelope Cruz


A Royal Affair

Sweden, 2012
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Language: Danish, French, German
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Trine Dyrholm, Alicia Vikander
What's it about?
A young queen (Vikander), who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with his physician (Mikkelsen) – and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever. 2013 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

A Royal Affair Review: A captivating tale of betrayal, political intrigue and doomed love

Blue Ruin

USA, 2013
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Starring: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves
What's it about?
When Dwight Evans (Blair), a loner who lives out in his his car near the beach, learns that the man who killed his parents has been released from prison, he sets out to return to his childhood home to take his revenge and kill him. However, his lack of skills in the field gets him deeper and deeper into trouble. From Jeremy Saulnier, director of 2015's punk-rock thriller Green Room.

Why You Should Watch: Blue Ruin