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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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11 Dec 2020 - 3:04 PM  UPDATED 11 Dec 2020 - 4:35 PM
THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV & SBS On Demand
TV Movie Guide: 14 - 20 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 The Breaker Upperers, Chappaquiddick, Master and Commander, Tracks, Children of Men, Colossal, No Country for Old Men, Florence Foster Jenkins, Little Miss Sunshine and A United Kingdom.

 

MONDAY 14 DECEMBER

The Breaker Upperers
8:00pm

M, CC
New Zealand, 2018
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek
Starring: Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami, Celia Pacquola, James Rolleston
What's it about?
Fifteen years ago, Mel (Sami) and Jen (van Beek) discovered they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical, they became fast friends and formed The Breaker Upperers, a small-time business breaking up couples for cash. Now they’re in their late-thirties and business is booming. But when they run into an old victim, Mel develops a conscience and their friendship is truly put to the test. Executive produced by Taika Waititi.

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
9:30pm

M
USA, 2004
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Michel Gondry
Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson
What's it about?
Joel (Carrey) is stunned to discover that his girlfriend, Clementine (Winslet), has had their tumultuous relationship erased from her mind. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr Howard Mierzwiak (Wilkinson), to get the same treatment. But as his memories of Clementine begin to fade, Joel suddenly realises how much he still loves her. Winner of Best Original Screenplay (for Charlie Kaufman) at the 2005 Academy Awards.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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TUESDAY 15 DECEMBER

Chappaquiddick
7:30pm

M, CC
USA, 2018
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: John Curran
Starring: Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Taylor Nichols
What's it about?
A piercing reexamination of the true events surrounding the most difficult seven days of Senator Ted Kennedy's (Clarke) career when he drove off a bridge, ending the life of his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne (Mara), a promising political strategist who had worked on his brother Bobby Kennedy's presidential campaign the year prior. From John Curran, director of Tracks and Praise.

Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy in 'Chappaquiddick'
REVIEW
'Chappaquiddick': Tense and Absorbing Ted Kennedy Saga
A meticulous docudrama rivetingly recounts the tragic car accident and its aftermath — an event of criminal negligence and cover-up — that defined the life of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

The Last Emperor
9:30pm

M
China, UK, Italy, France, 1987
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Language: Mandarin
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Starring: Victor Wong, John Lone, Ruocheng Ying, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole
What's it about?
A dramatic history of Pu Yi (played by John Lone as an adult), the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; his exploitation by the invading Japanese, and finally to his obscure existence as just another peasant worker in the People's Republic. Winner of the 1988 Academy Award for Best Picture.

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WEDNESDAY 16 DECEMBER

Tracks
7:30pm

M, CC
Australia, 2013
Genre: Biography
Language: English
Director: John Curran
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Emma Booth, Adam Driver
What's it about?
In 1977, a young Australian woman named Robyn Davidson (Wasikowska) set out from Alice Springs to trek across 2,700 kilometres of harsh desert of Western Australia to reach the ocean. Accompanied only by her dog and four camels, Davidson had no other purpose than to reach the ocean and find herself on a journey of self-discovery.

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
9:35pm

M, CC
USA, 2003
Genre: Drama, Adventure, War
Language: English
Director: Peter Weir
Starring: Russell Crowe, Billy Boyd, Paul Bettany, James D'Arcy
What's it about?
During the Napoleonic Wars, Lucky Jack Aubrey (Crowe) captains the crew of his H.M.S. Surprise. When the ship is suddenly attacked by a superior enemy, it is badly damaged and much of his crew is injured. In a bold and dangerous move, Aubrey decides to set sail in a high stakes chase across two oceans to intercept and capture their foe. 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
REVIEW
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A triumph.

 

 

Ideal Home
7:50pm

M
UK, USA, 2018
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Andrew Fleming
Starring: Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan, Jack Gore, Alison Pill, Jake McDorman
What's it about?
Paul (Rudd) and celebrity chef Erasmus (Coogan) live an extravagant, self-indulgent lifestyle. Their lives are soon turned upside down when the grandson they never knew existed crashes their fancy dinner party. Written and directed by Andrew Fleming (The Craft, Dick).

Children of Men
9:30pm

MA15+, CC
UK, 2006
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine, Danny Huston
What's it about?
This sci-fi epic from Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity, Roma) envisages a future world that has fallen into anarchy on the heels of an infertility defect in the population that has made humankind face the likelihood of its own extinction. Set against a backdrop of London torn apart by violence, the film follows an unlikely champion of Earth's survival: Theo (Owen), a disillusioned ex-activist turned bureaucrat, who is forced to face his own demons and protect the planet's last remaining hope for a future generation. 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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FRIDAY 18 DECEMBER

Colossal
7:30pm

M, CC
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.

No Country For Old Men
9:30pm

MA15+, CC
USA, 2007
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Kelly MacDonald, Woody Harrelson
What's it about?
In the desolate country near the Rio Grande, hunter Llewellyn Moss (Brolin) stumbles on the aftermath of a drug deal gone wrong. Desperate to improve his circumstances, he acts on impulse and takes a briefcase containing $2 million in cash from the crime scene. His actions make him the target of deadly bounty hunter, Anton Chigurh (Bardem, in an Oscar-winning performance). Winner of Best Picture at the 2008 Academy Awards.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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SATURDAY 19 DECEMBER

Florence Foster Jenkins
6:25pm

PG, CC
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).

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Little Miss Sunshine
8:30pm

M, CC
USA, 2006
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Starring: Steve Carell, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin, Alan Arkin, Toni Collette, Paul Dano
What's it about?
When bespectacled seven-year-old Olive (Breslin) voices her desire to take home the coveted Little Miss Sunshine crown at an upcoming beauty pageant, her wildly dysfunctional family sets out on an interstate road trip to ensure her a clear shot at realising her dreams. Winner of two Academy Awards in 2007, including Best Supporting Actor (Arkin) and Best Original Screenplay.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

The Happy Prince
10:25pm

MA15+
UK, Germany, Italy, Belgium, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English, French, Italian, Latin
Director: Rupert Everett
Starring: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas
What's it about?
In 1895, Oscar Wilde (Everett) was the most famous writer in London, and Bosie Douglas (Morgan), son of the notorious Marquess of Queensberry, was his lover. Accused and convicted of gross indecency, he was imprisoned for two years and subjected to hard labor. Once free, he abandons England to live in France, where he will spend his last years, haunted by memories of the past, poverty and immense sadness.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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SUNDAY 20 DECEMBER

Ernest & Célestine
4:55pm

G
France, 2012
Genre: Animation
Language: French
Director: Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar
Voice Cast: Pauline Brunner, Lambert Wilson
What's it about?
In the conventional world of bears, it is not the done thing to become friends with a mouse. Nevertheless, Ernest (Wilson), a big bear, who happens to also be a clown and musician, takes in Celestine (Brunner), an orphan who has fled the underground world of rodents. These two solitary creatures help and comfort each other, and in doing so, disrupt the established order. A 2014 Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

A United Kingdom
6:25pm

PG, CC
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Amma Asante
Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport
What's it about?
The inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, Apartheid and empire - their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world.

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Wild Tales
8:30pm

MA15+
Spain, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Language: Spanish
Director: Damián Szifron
Starring: Rita Cortese, Ricardo Darín, Liliana Ackerman, Luis Manuel Altamirano García, Alejandro Angelini
What's it about?
Six separate stories tales, whose characters find themselves facing a reality that shifts and suddenly turns unpredictable, and crossing the divide between civilisation and barbarism. A lover's betrayal, a return to the repressed past and the violence woven into everyday encounters drive the characters to madness as they lose control. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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