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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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4 Dec 2020 - 11:37 AM  UPDATED 4 Dec 2020 - 11:45 AM

THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV & SBS On Demand
TV Movie Guide: 7 - 13 December
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.
 

Closed Captions (CC) available for Haute Cuisine, Atonement, Testament of Youth, The Railway Man, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, Arbitrage, Their Finest, The Kindergarten Teacher, Incendies and The Broken Circle Breakdown.

 

MONDAY 7 DECEMBER

Haute Cuisine
7:45pm

M, CC
France, 2012
Genre: Biography
Language: French
Director: Christian Vincent
Starring: Catherine Frot, Jean d'Ormesson, Arthur Dupont
What's it about?
Hortense Laborie (Frot), a renowned chef from the Périgord, is astonished when the President of the Republic (d'Ormesson) appoints her his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Élysée Palace. Despite jealous resentment from the other kitchen staff, Hortense quickly establishes herself, thanks to her indomitable spirit. The authenticity of her cooking soon seduces the President, but the corridors of power are littered with traps.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Atonement
9:30pm

M, CC
UK, 2007
Genre: Drama, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Joe Wright
Starring: Keira Knightley, Brenda Blethyn, Saoirse Ronan, James McAvoy, Juno Temple
What's it about?
In the English summer of 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis (Ronan), irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister Cecilia's (Knightley) lover, Robbie (McAvoy), a servant's son, of a crime he did not commit. The trauma follows them through World War II. Based on the novel by Ian McEwan and nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
REVIEW
Atonement Review
A bold and breathtaking film adaptation.

 

TUESDAY 8 DECEMBER

Perfect Strangers
7:45pm

M
Italy, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Paolo Genovese
Starring: Valerio Mastandrea, Kasia Smutniak, Marco Giallini, Alba Rohrwacher
What's it about?
During a dinner party, seven long-time friends decide to share the contents of every text, email and phone call they receive. As secrets are brought to the surface, friendships are tested, in this film that has spawned eighteen remakes in four years - holding the Guinness world record for being remade more than any other feature film.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Testament of Youth
9:30pm

M, CC
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 British woman (Academy Award-winner Alicia Vikander in her breakthrough role) recalls coming of age during World War I - a story of young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times. 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. 

 

WEDNESDAY 9 DECEMBER

Two Days, One Night
7:45pm

M
Belgium, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Olivier Gourmet, Catherine Salée, Fabrizio Rongione
What's it about?
In an Academy-award nominated role, Marion Cotillard stars as Sandra, a young woman assisted by her husband, who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their much-needed bonuses so that she can keep her job. From the acclaimed, multiple-Cannes-prize-winning directing team the Dardenne brothers (The Child, The Kid With a Bike).

REVIEW
Two Days, One Night Review

The Railway Man
9:30pm

M, CC
UK, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Hiroyuki Sanada, Stellan Skarsgård
What's it about?
During the Second World war, Erik Lomax (Firth), a British soldier, was captured by the Japanese and forced to build The Burma Railway aka the 'Death Railway'. Decades later and still haunted by nightmares, he sets out to find those responsible for his torture with the help of his wife (Kidman).

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THURSDAY 10 DECEMBER

Vicky Cristina Barcelona
7:45pm

M, CC
Spain, USA, 2008
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz, Patricia Clarkson, Javier Bardem
What's it about?
Two girlfriends (Johansson, Hall) on a summer holiday in Spain become enamoured with the same painter (Bardem), unaware that his ex-wife (Cruz, winner of the 2009 Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role), with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
9:30pm

M, CC
Japan, New Zealand, UK, 1983
Genre: Drama, History, War
Language: English, Japanese
Director: Nagisa Oshima
Starring: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano, Jack Thompson
What's it about?
During WWII, British soldier Jack Celliers (Bowie) is captured by Japanese forces and held in a prison camp by the honour-bound Captain Yanoi (Sakamoto). Yanoi becomes intrigued with Celliers' open defiance in the face of their staunchly old-world ideas about cowardice and shame. Meanwhile, a translator, Lieutenant colonel John Lawrence (Conti), attempts to find common ground between British and Japanese beliefs. From legendary Japanese director Nagisa Oshima (In the Realm of the Senses).

David Bowie in Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence

 

FRIDAY 11 DECEMBER

Arbitrage
7:30pm

MA15+, CC
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Nicholas Jarecki
Starring: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Brit Marling, Tim Roth, Laetitia Casta, Chris Eigeman
What's it about?
On the eve of his 60th birthday, New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Gere) is the portrait of success - at least on the surface. In reality, Miller is in over his head, trying desperately to sell his empire to a big bank before the authorities and his family uncover the depth of his fraud. Unexpectedly, a critical error forces Miller to juggle family, business and crime with the aid of a former associate, but a detective's suspicions mean it may already be too late.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Their Finest
9:30pm

M, CC
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.

REVIEW
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A crowdpleasing romantic comedy set within the film division of the British Ministry of Information during the London Blitz of 1940, featuring an all-star British cast.

 

SATURDAY 12 DECEMBER

Our Little Sister
6:10pm

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).

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An elegant domestic drama

The Kindergarten Teacher
8:30pm

M, CC
USA, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sara Colangelo
Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Gael Garcia Bernal, Michael Chernus
What's it about?
Lisa Spinelli (Gyllenhaal) is a Staten Island teacher who is unusually devoted to her students. When she discovers one of her five-year-olds is a prodigy, she becomes fascinated with the boy, ultimately risking her family and freedom to nurture his talent.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Let the Right One In
10:20pm

MA15+
Sweden, 2008
Genre: Horror, Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Lina Leandersson, Kare Hedebrant, Per Ragnar
What's it about?
Oskar (Hedebrant) is bullied at school and at home tends to retreat into his own violent fantasies. Oskar’s life changes when he makes friends with the mysterious and unkempt twelve-year-old Eli (Leandersson). However, when locals start falling victim to a series of gruesome murders, many drained of their blood, Oskar starts to put two and two together and realises Eli might just be exactly what she seems.

REVIEW
Let the Right One In review: A masterful story of outsiders and urges
The original and still the best.

 

SUNDAY 13 DECEMBER

God Willing
5:10pm

PG
Italy, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Edoardo Falcone
Starring: Marco Giallini, Enrico Oetiker, Alessandro Gassman, Laura Morante, Ilaria Spada
What's it about?
Tommaso (Giallini) is a successful, respected cardiac surgeon who also happens to be an atheist. However, Tommaso's son Andrea (Oetiker) who is a medical student announces in a family get-together that he wants to become a priest. Tommaso is petrified with he hears the news as he expected his son was going to come out as homosexual. Irritated, Tommaso goes undercover on retreat in a monastery, to investigate and bring down the charismatic Father Don Pietro (Gassman), who he believes has 'brain-washed' his son.

Storm Boy
6:50pm

PG
Australia, 1976
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Henri Safran
Starring: Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil, Judy Dick, Tony Allison
What's it about?
Mike (Rowe) is a lonely Australian boy living in a coastal wilderness with his reclusive father (Cummins). In search of friendship he encounters an Aboriginal native loner (Gulpilil) and the two form a bond in the care of orphaned pelicans.

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Incendies
8:30pm

MA15+, CC
Canada, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Remy Girard
What's it about?
When notary Lebe (Girard) sits down with Jeanne (Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon Marwan (Gaudette) to read them their mother Nawal's (Lubna Azabal) will, the twins are stunned to receive a pair of envelopes – one for the father they thought was dead and another for a brother they didn't know existed. In this enigmatic inheritance, Jeanne sees the key to Nawal's retreat into unexpected silence during the final weeks of her life. Academy award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, from director Denis Villeneuve (SicarioArrival).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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The Broken Circle Breakdown
12:00am

MA15+, CC
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.

REVIEW
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Intoxicating rhythm lifts Belgian bluegrass tale.

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