• From left: Foxtrot, Sophie's Choice, My Left Foot, The Belier Family (Supplied)Source: Supplied
Your guide to some of the stories from around the world, screening on Australia's own HD SBS World Movies channel (Digital channel 32).
SBS Movies

28 Aug 2020 - 1:40 PM  UPDATED 28 Aug 2020 - 1:40 PM
TV Movie Guide: 31 August - 6 September
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.
CC (Closed Captions) are available for the following titles: Call Me By Your Names, Sophie's Choice, Mr. Holmes, Florence, Moonrise, Colossal, Wild.


Call Me By Your Name

Italy, France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Italian
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg
What's it about?
Elio Perlman (Chalamet) is spending the summer with his family at their vacation home in Lombardy, Italy. When his father (Stuhlbarg) hires a handsome doctoral student (Hammer), the curious 17-year-old finds himself developing a growing attraction to the young man. Directed by Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love), from an Oscar-winning screenplay written by James Ivory and adapted from the novel by André Aciman.

Luca Guadagnino talks 'Call Me By Your Name'
Timothée Chalamet reveals the secrets of 'Call Me By Your Name'
Call Me By Your Name review: Story of first love is a cinematic swoon

Sophie's Choice

MA15+, CC
USA, 1982
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Starring: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol
What's it about?
Meryl Streep won an Oscar for her acclaimed performance as Sophie, a survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who lives in Brooklyn with her lover Nathan (Kevin Kline), a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust. They befriend Stingo (Peter MacNicol), the movie's narrator, a young American writer new to New York City. But the happiness of Sophie and Nathan is endangered by her ghosts and his obsessions. Directed by Alan J. Pakula (All The President's Men, Klute).

Sophie's Choice


My Left Foot

Ireland, 1989
Language: English
Director: Jim Sheridan
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw, Brenda Fricker
What’s it about?
The true-life story of Christy Brown (Day-Lewis, who won the Oscar for Best Actor), who was born paralysed with a severe form of cerebral palsy; his left foot the only appendage over which he had complete control. While doctors write him off as also being mentally disabled, his mother (Fricker) knows better, and teaches him to read and write. He eventually trains himself to use his foot to not only paint, but write, among his works, his autobiography (from which the film takes its title). Directed by Jim Sheridan (In The Name Of The Father, In America).

David & Margaret review My Left Foot: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ each (The Movie Show, Episode 41, 1989)

Out of Africa

USA, 1985
Genre: History, Romance, Drama
Language: English, Swahili
Director: Sydney Pollack
Starring: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen
What's it about?
Based on a true story. Streep plays real-life author Karen Blixen, who moves from Denmark to Nairobi with her husband of convenience (Brandauer) to start a plantation. Once there, she finds herself falling in love with a British adventurer (Redford) and struggling with the troubles of daily life in Africa. Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Director (for Pollack) and Best Picture.


The Duchess

UK, 2008
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Saul Dibb
Starring:  Keira Knightley, Georgia King, Dominic Cooper, Charlotte Rampling, Ralph Fiennes
What's it about?
The tale of a woman (Knightley) who became one of the world’s first celebrities, who was adored by all the people of England, save one: her husband, the Duke (Fiennes). Once she marries him, she will attain the very heights of society. Yet, for all her power and notoriety, for all the affection she receives from the masses, she will have to break all of society’s rules, and sacrifice everything, the set her own passionate heart free.

The Iron Lady

UK, 2011
Genre: Drama, History, Biography
Language: English
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Starring: Meryl Streep, Anthony Head, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Olivia Colman
What's it about?
An intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher (played by Streep in an Oscar-winning performance), leader of the UK's Conservative Party from 1979-1990 and the first and only female Prime Minister of The United Kingdom. The film's story is related by an elderly Thatcher talking to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British Prime Minister, intervene. Screenplay by Abi Morgan (ShameBrick LaneSuffragette).


The Bélier Family

France, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Eric Lartigau
Starring: Karin Viard, François Damiens, Eric Elmosnino, Louane Emera
What's it about?
The whole Bélier family is deaf, except for sixteen-year-old Paula (Emera) who is the important translator in her parents' day to day life especially when it comes to matters concerning the family farm. When her music teacher discovers she has a fantastic singing voice and she gets an opportunity to enter a big Radio France contest the whole family's future is set up for big changes.

The Belier Family review (⭐⭐⭐⭐): A mix of sensitivity and rude exuberance

Florence Foster Jenkins

USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Rebecca Ferguson
What's it about?
The story of Florence Foster Jenkins (Streep, in an Oscar-nominated performance), a New York heiress, who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. Directed by Stephen Frears (The QueenMy Beautiful Laundrette).

Florence Foster Jenkins review: A bright, bubbly and ear-bursting biopic



China, France, Japan, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Chinese, Japanese
Director: Kei Chikaura
Starring: Lu Yulai, Tatsuya Fuji, Sayo Akasaka, Kio Matsumoto
What's it about?
Chen Liang (Yulai) is a young Chinese man and an illegal immigrant in Japan. One day he receives a call about a job offer meant for someone else. In his desperation, he pretends to be the intended recipient in order to get the job, which turns out to be work at a traditional Japanese soba restaurant. He starts his new life living and working with the elderly soba master, albeit in fear that his identity could be exposed at any moment.

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir

Belgium, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Drama
Language: English
Director: Ken Scott
Starring: Dhanush, Berenice Bejo, Erin Moriarty, Barkhad Abdi, Gérard Jugnot
What's it about?
The story of Ajatashatru Oghash Rathod (Dhanush), a fakir who tricks his local village in Rajasthan, India into believing his possesses special powers and into paying him to fly to Paris to buy a bed of nails from an Ikea store.

It's Complicated

USA, 2009
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Nancy Meyers
Starring: Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Alexandra Wentworth, John Krasinski
What's it about?
Jane (Streep) is a mother of three whose amicable relationship with her remarried ex-husband Jake (Baldwin) unexpectedly becomes more than amicable, which in turn makes her something almost unimaginable - the other woman. Caught in the middle of their renewed romance is Adam (Martin), an architect hired to remodel Jane's kitchen. Healing from a divorce of his own, Adam starts to fall for Jane, but soon realises he's become part of a love triangle.


Moonrise Kingdom

USA, 2012
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis
What's it about?
Two 12-year-olds (Gilman, Hayward) living on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965 fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore - and the peaceful island community is turned upside down. Written and directed by Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, The Grand Budapest Hotel), who earned a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination, and co-starring Harvey Keitel, Bob Balaban, Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Lucas Hedges and Tilda Swinton.

Moonrise Kingdom review: Ain't young love grand


Canada, 2016
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell
What's it about?
Gloria (Hathaway) is an ordinary woman who, after losing her job and being kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend (Stevens), is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realisation that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. From Nacho Vigalondo, director of Timecrimes.


USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: English
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann, Michiel Huisman
What's it about?
Following a divorce, the death of her mother (Dern) and years of destructive behaviour and drug addiction, Cheryl (Witherspoon, in an Oscar-nominated performance) decides to heal herself by hiking solo for than a thousand miles across the Pacific Crest Trail. Based on the memoir of Cheryl Strayed, "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, Big Little Lies).

Wild review: Witherspoon finds herself in worthy adaptation (⭐⭐⭐⭐)


Searching for Bobby Fischer

USA, 1993
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steven Zaillian
Starring: Max Pomeranc, Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen, Ben Kingsley, Laurence Fishburne
What's it about?
After discovering their prepubescent son's overwhelming talent in chess, Josh's (Pomeranc) parents (Allen, Mantegna) hire a strict instructor (Kingsley) who aims to instil chess legend Bobby Fischer's aggression into the boy. However, Josh is determined to succeed on his own terms. Written and directed by Steven Zaillian, writer of Schindler's List and The Irishman.

The Movie Show reviews Searching for Bobby Fischer (Episode 32, 1994)

Searching For Bobby Fischer (1993)


Israel, Germany, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew, German
Director: Samuel Maoz
Starring: Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonaton Shiray, Shira Haas, Yehuda Almagor
What's it about?
Michael (Ashkenazi) and Daphna (Adler) are devastated when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan. Michael becomes increasingly frustrated by over-zealous relatives and well-meaning army bureaucrats. While his sedated wife rests, he spirals into a whirlwind of emotions, which rival the surreal and darkly comic military experiences of his son. Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2017 Venice Film Festival.

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