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TV Movie Guide Highlights: 18 - 24 May
When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV and SBS On Demand. Find out what's screening where and when.

MONDAY 18 MAY

Last Chance Harvey
5:50pm

PG
USA, 2009
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Joel Hopkins
Starring: Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, James Brolin
What's it about?
Struggling New York jingle writer Harvey (Hoffman) and lonely British bureaucrat Kate (Thompson) meet by chance in London at a wedding and transforms one another's lives. Kate, for reasons which become clear, refuses to commit to a relationship; she lives in London, he’s based in New York, so how can they turn this into anything more than a fun interlude? 

Hoffman, Thompson shine in Last Chance Harvey (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Last Chance Harvey

Jealous
7:30pm

M
France, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Stéphane Foenkinos, David Foenkinos
Starring: Karin Viard, Anne Dorval, Anaïs Demoustier, Dara Tombroff
What's it about?
Nathalie (Viard), a middle-aged divorced University Professor, changes from being an affectionate woman to being irrepressibly jealous of everyone close to her. Her best friend, her new colleague, her ex-husband - everyone finds themselves at the mercy of her eccentric behaviour, even her beautiful 18-year old daughter Mathilde (Tombroff). Entangled by her sarcastic nature and conflicted emotions, Nathalie navigates through this unexpected mid-life crisis in a funny, touching, and politically incorrect way.

Night Train to Lisbon
9:30pm

M
Germany, 2013
Genre: Romance, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Bille August
Starring: Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz, Mélanie Laurent
What's it about?
Raimund Gregorius (Irons) is a Latin teacher from Berne. When he encounters a book by the Portuguese poet and doctor Amadeu de Prado, he drops everything and takes the night train to Lisbon. He is determined to find out more about this writer who appears to have been obsessed by the very same questions that plague him: the purpose of human deeds and the unrealised potential of each and every life. From two-time Palme d'Or-winning director Bille August (The Best Intentions, Pelle the Conqueror).

TUESDAY 19 MAY

Chalet Girl
5:35pm

PG
UK, 2011
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: German, English
Director: Phil Traill
Starring: Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick, Brooke Shields, Bill Nighy, Tamsin Egerton
What's it about?
While working a job at an exclusive ski resort to support her Dad, Kim (Jones) learns to snowboard and is so good at it that she enters a competition with a huge cash prize. She has to dig deep to overcome her fears, but her life gets more complicated through her spoken-for boss, Jonny (Westwick).

Chalet Girl

Results
7:30pm

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Andrew Bujalski
Starring: Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Brooklyn Decker
What's it about?
Recently divorced, newly rich, and utterly miserable, Danny (Corrigan) is proof that money can't buy happiness. Danny's well-funded misery is interrupted by a momentous trip to the local gym, where he meets self-styled guru and owner Trevor (Pearce) and irresistibly acerbic trainer Kat (Smulders). Soon, their three lives are inextricably knotted, both professionally and personally.

'Results': Delightfully Eccentric, Fitness-Focused Romcom

Cobie Smulders and Guy Pearce in 2015's 'Results'

The Darjeeling Limited
9:30pm

M
USA, 2007
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody
What's it about?
Estranged brothers Francis (Wilson), Peter (Brody) and Jack (Schwartzman) reunite for a train trip across India. The siblings have not spoken in over a year, ever since their father passed away. Francis is recovering from a motorcycle accident, Peter cannot cope with his wife's pregnancy, and Jack cannot get over his ex-lover. The brothers fall into old patterns of behaviour as Francis reveals an undisclosed reason for the reunion. From Wes Anderson, writer-director The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Royal Tenenbaums.

All aboard The Darjeeling Limited: Review (⭐⭐⭐1/2)

WEDNESDAY 20 MAY

Whisky Galore
5:40pm

M
UK, 2016
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Starring: Gregor Fisher, Eddie Izzard, Naomi Battrick, Ellie Kendrick, Sean Biggerstaff
What's it about?
The story of the inhabitants of the isolated Scottish island of Todday, in the Outer Hebrides, where gloom sets in as their wartime rationing of whisky runs out. When cargo ship the SS Cabinet Minister runs aground the shrewd islanders run rings around the buffoonish English Home Guard commander Captain Waggett (Izzard) and conspire to hide away cases of the precious amber nectar.

Novitiate
7:30pm

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Latin
Director: Margaret Betts
Starring: Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron
What's it about?
Raised by a vehemently non-religious, single mother (Nicholson) in rural Tennessee during the '50s, a scholarship to Catholic school soon finds Cathleen (Qualley) drawn into all the mystery and romanticism of a life devoted to the worship and servitude of God. With the dawn of the Vatican II era, radical changes in the Church are threatening the course of nuns’ lives. Cathleen finds herself struggling with issues of faith, sexuality, and the changing administration.

'Novitiate': Engrossing, Superbly Acted Convent Drama

The Motorcycle Diaries
9:45pm

M
Argentina, USA, 2004
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Biography
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Walter Salles
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De La Serna, Mercedes Morán
What's it about?
This acclaimed film is based on the written memoir of Che Guevara. In January 1952, the almost 30-year-old biochemist Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) and his younger friend, the 23-year-old student close to finishing his medical degree, Ernesto Guevara (Gael Garcia Bernal), set off from Buenos Aires on an old but treasured Norton 500 for an adventure through Latin America. The middle class young men begin to see Latin America through eyes that have been opened to poverty and oppression, big business and the sheer hardship of daily life. 

The Movie Show reviews The Motorcycle Diaries (The Movie Show Episode 36 2004)

THURSDAY 21 MAY

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 (⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2)

Black Sea
7:30pm

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Action, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Kevin MacDonald
Starring: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn
What's it about?
This thriller directed by Kevin Macdonald (Touching the VoidLast King of Scotland) follows a captain (Law), who puts together a misfit crew to search for a sunken submarine loaded with gold in the depths of the Black Sea. But greed and desperation soon take hold onboard their claustrophobic vessel and the men start turning on each other, putting them as risk of never making it to the surface alive.

The Odyssey
9:40pm

PG
France, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Language: English, French, Italian, German
Director: Jerome Salle
Starring: Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, Audrey Tautou, Laurent Lucas
What's it about?
1948. Jacques Cousteau (Wilson), his wife and his two sons are living in paradise, in a beautiful house overlooking the Mediterranean, but all Cousteau can think of is adventure. Thanks to his invention, an independent aqualung allowing divers to breathe under water, he has discovered a whole new world. Now all he wants to do is explore this world: and he is willing to sacrifice everything to achieve this. 

FRIDAY 22 MAY

Romeo & Juliet
5:45pm

M
UK, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Carlo Carlei
Starring: Douglas Booth, Hailee Steinfeld, Damian Lewis, Natascha McElhone, Ed Westwick
What's it about?
In Verona, bad blood between the Montague and Capulet families leads to much bitterness. Despite the hostility, Romeo Montague (Booth) manages an invitation to a masked ball at the estate of the Capulets and meets Juliet (Steinfeld), their daughter. The two are instantly smitten but dismayed to learn that their families are enemies. Romeo and Juliet figure out a way to pursue their romance, but Romeo is banished for his part in the slaying of Juliet's cousin, Tybalt (Westwick).

Their Finest
9:45pm

M
UK, 2017
Genre: Romance, War, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Lone Scherfig
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Richard E. Grant, Jack Huston,
What's it about?
During the Blitz of World War II, a female screenwriter (Arterton) works on a film celebrating England's resilience as a way to buoy a weary populace's spirits. Her efforts to dramatise the true story of two sisters (Lily Knight and Francesca Knight) who undertook their own maritime mission to rescue wounded soldiers are met with mixed feelings by a dismissive all-male staff.

'Their Finest': A Relentlessly Charming WWII Romcom

The Grand Budapest Hotel
9:40pm

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Léa Seydoux, Tony Revolori, Owen Wilson, Jude Law
What's it about?
Adventures are in store for legendary concierge Gustave H (Fiennes), who works at a famous European hotel between the wars. His problems begin when one of the hotel's guests that he has had a romantic encounter with suddenly dies. The deceased woman (Swinton) leaves Gustave a valuable painting, much to the horror of her son (Brody). Written and directed by Wes Anderson (RushmoreThe Royal TenenbaumsMoonrise Kingdom) and nominated for 9 Academy Awards (including Best Picture).

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐)
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson interview

SATURDAY 23 MAY

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
9:10am

PG
UK, 1943
Genre: War, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: English, French, German
Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Starring: Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Adolf Wohlbrück, Roland Culver
What's it about?
General Candy (Livesey), who's overseeing an English squad in 1943, is a veteran leader who doesn't have the respect of the men he's training and is considered out-of-touch with what's needed to win the war. But it wasn't always this way. Flashing back to his early career in the Boer War and World War I, we see a dashing young officer whose life has been shaped by three different women, and by a lasting friendship with a German soldier.

Our Little Sister
2:10pm

G
Japan, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: Japanese
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Starring: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose, Shinobu Ōtake, Ryô Kase
What's it about?
Three sisters Sachi, Yoshino and Chika live together in a large house in the seaside city of Kamakura. When their father absent from the family home for the last 15 years dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral and meet their shy 14-year-old half-sister, Suzu. Bonding quickly with the orphaned Suzu, they invite her to live with them. From acclaimed director Hirokazu Koreeda (Shoplifters, Nobody Knows).

Our Little Sister review: Shades of Ozu in classic family drama

City of Ember
4:30pm

G
USA, 2008
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Gil Kenan
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Harry Treadaway, Bill Murray, David Ryall, Tim Robbins
What's it about?
For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker. Now, two teenagers, in a race against time, must search Ember for clues that will unlock the ancient mystery of the city's existence, before the the lights go out forever.

127 Hours
8:30pm

MA15+
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Treat Williams, Lizzy Caplan
What's it about?
The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's (Franco, in an Oscar-nominated performance) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) and nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Loving Pablo
10:10pm

MA15+
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

SUNDAY 24 MAY

White Tuft the Little Beaver
12:40pm

G
France, 2008
Genre: Documentary, Family, Adventure
Language: French
Director: Philippe Calderon
Starring: Benoît Brière
What's it about?
A beaver couple live by their dam, as the seasons go by. They have babies, gather food, maintain their dam, play and swim, and of course defend their territory against predators and intruders. After one of their young gets lost in the forest, the mother and father beaver search frantically for him, while he is rescued by an unlikely ally.

Boychoir
4:20pm

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Music, Drama
Language: English
Director: Francois Girard
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Garrett Wareing, Debra Winger, Kathy Bates, Kevin McHale, Josh Lucas
What's it about?
Stet (Wareing) is struggling just to get by in a tough Texas neighbourhood with an overwhelmed single mum. His school principal (Winger) is convinced his angelic singing voice is worth championing, but Stet has no idea how it might help him face the dark realities of his life. That all shifts when a sudden accident lands Stet on the East Coast at one of the most elite private boychoir schools in the country, the National Boychoir Academy. There, he immediately runs up against the most demanding, uncompromising and compelling person he’s ever met: the school’s Headmaster Carvelle (Hoffman).

Summer Wars
6:20pm

PG
Japan, 2009
Genre: Animation
Language: English, Japanese
Director: Momoru Hosoda
Voice cast: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsuki Tanimura
What's it about?
Kenji Koiso, an eleventh grade math genius, solves a complex equation and inadvertently puts a virtual world's artificial intelligence in a position to destroy the earth. From the director of Wolf Children and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

Tell No One
8:30pm

MA15+
France, 2006
Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery
Language: French
Director: Guillaume Canet
Starring: François Cluzet, Kristin Scott Thomas, Marie-Josée Croze, Marina Hands
What's it about?
Eight years ago, Doctor Alex Beck's (Cluzet) wife Margot (Croze) was brutally murdered and a serial killer was charged with her murder. But the discovery of two bodies on the shores of the lake where Margot was killed and mutilated after a midnight swim forces the police to reopen the case, with new evidence casting suspicion on Alex. At the same time, Dr Beck is receiving strange email messages from his presumably dead wife.

Tell No One: Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Angel-A
10:55pm

M
France, 2005
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Rie Rasmussen, Jamel Debbouze, Gilbert Melki
What's it about?
Down on his luck, and up to his neck in debt, André (Amélie's Jamel Debbouze) decides it's easier to end it all than repay his loan-sharks. As he is about to launch himself from the Pont Neuf, he notices a fellow suicide—a gorgeous, statuesque blonde. Leaping into the Seine, André inadvertently gets himself a champion intent on cleaning up his life, in return for saving hers. From director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional).

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