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Your guide to some of the stories from around the world, screening on Australia's own HD SBS World Movies channel (Digital channel 32).
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MONDAY 16 DECEMBER

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
7:50PM

M
UK, 2013
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Declan Lowney
Starring: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Darren Boyd, Sean Pertwee
What's it about?
To save his own job, Alan Partridge (Coogan) gets radio colleague Pat (Meaney) laid off, but when the man returns to the station with a shotgun and a siege ensues, Alan is given the high-profile role of go-between, trying to appease both the hostage taker and armed police. The first big-screen outing for Coogan's beloved Alan Partridge character.

Alan Partridge Alpha Papa review: I laughed myself stupid

A Second Chance
9:30PM

MA15+
Denmark, Sweden, 2015
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Language: Danish, Swedish
Director: Susanne Bier
Starring: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ulrich Thomsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas
What's it about?
Detectives and best friends Andreas (Coster-Waldau) and Simon (Thomsen) lead vastly different lives; Andreas has settled down with his beautiful wife and son; while Simon, recently divorced, spends most of his waking hours getting drunk at the local strip club. But all that changes when the two of them are called out to a domestic dispute between a junkie couple, caught in a vicious cycle of violence and drugs. From Susanne Bier, director of After the Wedding and In a Better World.

TUESDAY 17 DECEMBER

Families
7:30PM

M
France, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: French
Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Marine Vacth, Gilles Lellouche, Nicole Garcia
What's it about?
Jérôme Varenne (Amalric), a French financier, lives and works in Shanghai with Chen-Li, his life and business partner. One day, during a short stay in Paris, while paying a call to his mother, he is very displeased to learn from her and his hated brother, that the family house in Ambray is going to be sold. Jerome decides to go to the town where he grew up to see what is going on. Little does he know how eventful his escapade will be.

'Families': Elegantly Crafted French Romance

The Wave
9:35PM

M
Norway, 2015
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Language: Norwegian
Director: Roar Uthaug
Starring: Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro
What's it about?
Although theorised (both in reality and within the film's fictional world), no one is really ready when a mountain pass above the scenic and narrow Geiranger fjord in Norway collapses and creates a tsunami over 300 feet high. A geologist (Joner) is one of those caught in the middle of it.

WEDNESDAY 18 DECEMBER

The First Grader
7:30PM

M
UK, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Justin Chadwick
Starring: Oliver Litondo, Tony Kgoroge, Naomie Harris
What's it about?
Hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. Maruge (Oliver Litondo), an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter feels he has earned the opportunity to learn to read and write. Moved by his plight, head teacher Jane Obinchu (Naomie Harris), supports his struggle to gain admission and together they face fierce opposition from parents and officials who don’t want to waste a school place on an old man.

Talk To Her
9:30PM

MA15+
Spain, 2002
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Rosario Flores, Javier Cámara, Darío Grandinetti, Leonor Watling
What's it about?
Two men, Benigno (Cámara) and Marco (Grandinetti), meet at a private clinic where Benigno works. Lydia (Flores), Marco's girlfriend and a bullfighter by profession, has been gored and is in a coma. It so happens that Benigno is looking after another woman in a coma, Alicia (Watling), a young ballet student. The lives of the four characters intersect in unexpected and poetic ways, in this acclaimed film that won Almodovar his first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

David & Margaret review Talk To Her (4.5 and 5 stars) on The Movie Show (Episode 01 2003)

THURSDAY 19 DECEMBER

Hector and the Search for Happiness
7:30PM

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Comedy
Language: German, English, French
Director: Peter Chelsom
Starring: Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Plummer, Jean Reno
What's it about?
Hector (Pegg) is an eccentric psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness.

Experimenter
9:40PM

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Michael Almereyda
Starring: Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Anton Yelchin, John Leguizamo
What's it about?
Yale University, 1961. Stanley Milgram (Sarsgaard) designs a psychology experiment that still resonates to this day, in which people think they’re delivering painful electric shocks to a stranger strapped into a chair in another room. Milgram strikes a nerve in popular culture and the scientific community with his exploration into people’s tendency to comply with authority. Celebrated in some circles, he is also accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster, but his wife Sasha (Ryder) stands by him through it all.

'Experimenter': Fascinating Biopic of Controversial Social Psychologist Stanley Milgram

Peter Sarsgaard as social psychologist Stanley Milgram in 2015's 'Experimenter'

FRIDAY 20 DECEMBER

Boy
7:50PM

M
New Zealand, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: James Rolleston, Taika Waititi, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Mavis Paenga
What's it about?
Boy is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother Rocky, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. Boy's other hero, his father, Alamein, is the subject of Boy's fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep sea diver, ware hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson. In reality, he's "in the can for robbery". When Alamein comes home after seven years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for. Written, directed (and starring) Taika Waititi (Hunt For the WilderpeopleThor: Ragnarok).

Boy review: A rose-coloured ode to the '80s

Margin Call
9:30PM

MA15+
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: J.C. Chandor
Starring: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Simon Baker, Demi Moore
What's it about?
Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, Margin Call involves the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster. Academy Award-nominated for Best Original Screenplay in 2012.

Why You Should Watch: Margin Call

SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER

Mr. Pip
7:30PM, SBS

M
Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, 2012
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English
Director: Andrew Adamson
Starring: Hugh Laurie, Xzannjah Matsi, Florence Korokoro, Eka Darville
What's it about?
Matilda (Matsi) is a young girl living on the island of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. She is raised by a strict mother and attends school, where her teacher, Mr. Watts (Laurie), is the only white man in the village. As war descends on her province, she becomes captivated with the character of Pip in the Charles Dickens novel, Great Expectations, who eventually becomes her beacon of hope and gives her the desire to live. 

12 Years a Slave
9:40PM

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt
What's it about?
In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Ejiofor), a free Black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles to survive and maintain some of his dignity. In the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada (Pitt) changes Solomon's life forever. Winner of Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards.

12 Years a Slave: Interviews with Steve McQueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender

SUNDAY 22 DECEMBER

Big Night
7:30PM

M
USA, 1996
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Stanley Tucci, Campbell Scott
Starring: Marc Anthony, Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Isabella Rossellini
What's it about?
Two Italian immigrant brothers open a restaurant in New Jersey seeking to live out the American dream. Business is tough but when a prominent Italian-American musician comes to perform nearby, the brothers are galvanised into performing a sumptuous banquet.

David & Margaret review Big Night (4.5 stars each) on The Movie Show (Episode 15, 1997)

The Broken Circle Breakdown
9:35PM

MA15+
Belgium, Netherlands, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Flemish, English, Dutch
Director: Felix van Groeningen
Starring: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse
What's it about?
Elise (Baetens) and Didier (Heldenbergh) have been together for seven passionate years. When their little girl Maybelle (Cattrysse) is diagnosed with a serious illness, all the turning points in their intense and moving relationship seem to flash by. 2013 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Broken Circle Breakdown review: A wildly emotional rollercoaster ride