Lose yourself in a collection of movies about growth, enlightenment and pursuit of happiness. Starts 6 April on SBS World Movies.
Staff writers

31 Mar 2020 - 6:13 PM  UPDATED 31 Mar 2020 - 6:13 PM


Hector and the Search for Happiness
Monday 6 April, 9.30pm

United Kingdom, 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?
Simon Pegg brings his characteristic hapless charm to this role of a man yearning for an ideal of True Happiness. Hector is a quirky psychiatrist who has tired of his humdrum life, and confides to his girlfriend, Clara, that he feels like a charlatan, with no right to offer advice to his own clients. Hector resolves to break out of his deluded and routine driven life, and embark upon on a global quest fo 'find himself' and uncover the elusive secret formula for true happiness. 

Tuesday 7 April, 10pm

United Kingdom, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Andy Serkis
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander, Miranda Raison, Dean-Charles Chapman, Diana Rigg
What's it about?
A truly inspiring story for the times. Andrew Garfield plays real-life adventurer and disability advocate Robin Cavendish, who contracted polio at age 28 and was given only months to live. But with the help of his wife Diana and her twin brothers, and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall, Cavendish emerges from the hospital ward and devotes the rest of his life to helping fellow patients and the disabled. The inspiring film was produced by Robin and Diana's son, Jonathan, in order to honour his parents' legacy.

The Emperor of Paris
Wednesday 8 April, 10.30pm

France, 2018
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller, History, Adventure
Language: French, German
Director: Jean-Francois Richet
Starring: Olga Kurylenko, Vincent Cassel, Freya Mavor, August Diehl, Denis Ménochet, James Thiérrée, Patrick Chesnais, Denis Lavant, Jérôme Pouly, Fabrice Luchini
What's it about?
A rollicking story of personal transformation, set in Napoleonic Paris. Vidocq is a legend, having escaped prison an incredible 27 times. Left for dead after his latest, dazzling escape, the ex-con is lying low in the rag trade. When his past catches up with him, he is framed by former cellmates for a murder he didn’t commit. To prove his innocence and his good faith, he makes a deal with the police: In exchange for his freedom, he will hunt down all the thieves and murderers on the streets of Paris. From convict to sheriff… unintentionally, Vidocq becomes the Emperor of Paris.

The 12th Man
Thursday 9 April, 9.30pm

Norway, 2017
Genre: Drama, War
Language: Northern Sami, English, , German
Director: Harald Zwart
Starring: Thomas Gullestad, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Marie Blokhus, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, Martin Kiefer, Kristoffer Jørgensen
What's it about?
Prepare yourself to be thrilled by the extraordinary true feats of endurance displayed by Norwegian resistance fighter Jan Baalsrud. After a failed anti-Nazi sabotage mission leaves his 11 comrades dead, Baalsrud embarks on a race to flee the Gestapo through the punishing snowy reaches of Scandinavia.

'The 12th Man': Intense Tale of Survival in Nazi-occupied Norway

Friday 10 April, 9.30pm

United Kingdom, Australia, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Garth Davis
Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham
What's it about?
The life-affirming true story of Saroo Brierley's efforts to reunite with his long-lost family. As a five-year-old, Saroo is separated from his mother on the streets of Calcutta, and accidentally travels thousands of kilometres from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

'How we made Lion' - Director Garth Davis



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