• From left: A Matter of Life and Death, Brick Lane, A Bigger Splash, Cry-Baby (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
Highlights this week on SBS World Movies include Powell & Pressburger's 1946 fantasy classic A Matter of Life and Death, the 2007 adaptation of the beloved novel Brick Lane, Luca Guadagnino's simmering, all-star 2015 drama A Bigger Splash, the 1990 Johnny Depp/John Waters classic Cry-Baby and more...
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14 Nov 2019 - 3:03 PM  UPDATED 14 Nov 2019 - 3:03 PM


Brick Lane

UK, India, 2007
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Bengali
Director: Sarah Gavron
Starring: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Christopher Simpson, Satish Kaushik, Zafreen
What's it about?
Nazneem (Chatterjee), a young Bangladeshi woman, arrives in 1980s London for an arranged marriage with middle-aged Chanu (Kaushik). As their marriage proves loveless, she fears her soul is quietly dying. That is until the day hot-headed Karim (Simpson) comes knocking at her door. Winner of the CICAE Award at the 2007 San Sebastián International Film Festival.

Brick Lane: Internal journeys are the most challenging to film
Brick Lane review - For those who loved the book, be prepared.

6.9 on the Richter Scale

Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, 2016
Genre: Comedy
Language: Romanian
Director: Nae Caranfil
Starring: Laurentiu Bãnescu, Maria Simona Arsu, Maria Obretin, Alexandru Papadopol
What's it about?
A humble Romanian actor (Bãnescu) in his 40’s, hardly surviving between a complicated part at the theatre, a depressed wife (Arsu), and the obsession of an imminent devastating earthquake, becomes the victim of his own father’s manipulation.

6.9 On The Richter Scale


A Matter of Life and Death

UK, 1946
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Starring: David Niven, Kim Hunter, Kathleen Byron, Richard Attenborough
What's it about?
When a young airman (Niven) miraculously survives bailing out of his aeroplane without a parachute, he falls in love with an American radio operator. But the officials in the other world realise their mistake, and despatch an angel to collect him. From legendary directing team Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger (Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes).

Café de Flore

France, Canada, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Vanessa Paradis, Hélène Florent, Kevin Parent, Marin Gerrier, Evelyn Brochu
What's it about?
A love story about people separated by time and place but connected in profound and mysterious ways. Atmospheric, fantastical, tragic and hopeful, the film chronicles the parallel fates of Jacqueline (Paradis), a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris, and Antoine, a recently divorced, successful DJ in present day Montreal. What binds the two stories together is love - euphoric, obsessive, tragic, youthful, timeless love. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y., Dallas Buyers Club).

Café de Flore: Jean-Marc Vallée interview
Café de Flore Review


A Month of Sundays

Australia, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Matthew Saville
Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Julia Blake, Justine Clarke
What's it about?
Frank Mollard (LaPaglia) won't admit it, but he can't move on. Divorced but still attached, he can't sell a house in a property boom, much less connect with his teenage son. One night Frank gets a phone call from his mother (Blake). Nothing out of the ordinary - apart from the fact that she died the year before.

A Month of Sundays: Anthony LaPaglia and Matthew Saville (interview)

A Monster with a Thousand Heads

Uruguay, Mexico, 2016
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: Spanish
Director: Rodrigo Plá
Starring: Veronica Falcón, Jana Raluy, Sebastián Aguirre, Emilio Echevarría, Hugo Albores
What's it about?
When Sonia (Raluy) receives the news that her husband’s cancer has progressed to a critical stage, she races to secure the insurance company’s approval for the care that can help him. Met with indifference and negligence at every turn, Sonia’s desperation triggers a primal survival instinct as a series of increasingly violent confrontations unfold.


Infinitely Polar Bear

USA, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Maya Forbes
Starring: Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, Keir Dullea
What's it about?
In Boston, a bipolar father (Ruffalo) takes over sole responsibility for his two spirited daughters while his wife (Saldana) attends graduate school in New York. Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor (Ruffalo) in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical at the 2014 Golden Globe awards.

Don't Talk to Irene

Canada, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Pat Mills
Starring: Michelle McLeod, Geena Davis, Anastasia Phillips, Bruce Gray
What's it about?
16-year-old Irene (McLeod) is tired of being a loser, but she’s determined that this year is going to be different, and vows to become a cheerleader. But when she’s the victim of a cruel prank, Irene is suspended on her first day back at school and must endure two weeks of community service at the local retirement home. 


Testament of Youth
7:30PM, SBS

UK, 2014
Genre: History, Drama, War
Language: English
Director: James Kent
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell
What's it about?
A powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times. Starring Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) in her breakthrough role.

My King

France, 2015
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Maïwenn
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Bercot, Louis Garrel, Isild Le Besco
What's it about?
Tony (Bercot, who won the Best Actress prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival) is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious ski accident. Dependent on the medical staff and pain relievers, she takes time to look back on a turbulent relationship that she experienced with Georgio (Cassel).


Into the White

Norway, Sweden, 2012
Genre: Action, War, Drama
Language: German, English
Director: Petter Næss
Starring: Stig Henrik Hoff, Lachlan Nieboer, Rupert Grint, Florian Lukas, David Kross
What's it about?
High above the harsh Norwegian wilderness, English and German pilots shoot each other to the ground after a violent chance encounter. Isolated, they must fight to survive the brutal winter. Though war has made them enemies, antagonism is hard to maintain as days go by. Through mutual need, unlikely friendships bloom. Somehow, they become comrades. 

A Bigger Splash

France, Italy, 2015
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts
What's it about?
Rock legend Marianne Lane (Swinton) is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner Paul (Schoenaerts) when iconoclast record producer and old flame Harry (Fiennes) unexpectedly arrives with his daughter Penelope (Johnson). He interrupts this holiday, bringing with him an A-bomb blast of nostalgia from which there can be no rescue. From Luca Guadagnino, director of Call Me By Your Name and I Am Love.

A Bigger Splash review: Tilda Swinton is again Luca Guadagnino's muse in the sly erotic thriller
Luca Guadagnino on 'A Bigger Splash' (interview)



USA, 1990
Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance
Language: English
Director: John Waters
Starring: Johnny Depp, Ricki Lake, Susan Tyrrell, Iggy Pop, Willem Dafoe
What's it about?
In this quirky John Waters (Hairspray, Serial Mom) musical-comedy set in 1950s Baltimore, Wade ‘Cry-Baby’ Walker (Depp), a juvenile delinquent with a heart of gold, wins the love of a reluctant ‘square’ girl (Lake), who fights society’s disapproval with gusto. 

Heaven's Gate

USA, 1980
Genre: Drama, Western
Language: English
Director: Michael Cimino
Starring: Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, John Hurt, Isabelle Huppert, Sam Waterston
What's it about?
Director Michael Cimino's (The Deer Hunter) controversial epic of corrupted idealism, set during the bloody Johnson County Wars of the 1890s, was detested by a majority of film critics upon its release and is now the subject of the 're-revisionism' that affects the reputation of many films and works of art. Some critics now regard the film (which almost brought down an American film studio) as a masterpiece - a film ahead of its time. 

Michael Cimino, 'Deer Hunter' and 'Heaven's Gate' director, dies at 77