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Don't miss your chance to watch these standout movies and documentaries leaving SBS On Demand throughout January.
30 Dec 2020 - 10:29 AM  UPDATED 30 Dec 2020 - 10:34 AM

For a complete list of feature films, documentaries, TV episodes and more leaving SBS On Demand throughout January, click here.

 

The Counterfeiters

MA15+
Germany, 2008
Genre: Drama, War
Language: German
Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Starring: August Diehl, Karl Markovics, Devid Striesow
What's it about?
Salomon 'Sally' Sorowitsch (Markovics) is an expert Jewish counterfeiter enjoying the good life until he’s sent to Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. Sally manages to survive for five years before transfer to Sachsenhausen, where he is assigned to produce perfect forgeries of British and US banknotes for the Third Reich. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 2008.

Streaming until January 1 at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
The Counterfeiters Review
Elegantly shot and constructed, with a fine central performance by Karl Markovics, The Counterfeiters entertains while also asking big, divisive moral questions, and is a well deserved Oscar winner.

 

Apocalypto

MA15+
USA, 2006
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Language: Maya
Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernández, Jonathan Brewer, Morris Birdyellowhead
What's it about?
As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw (Youngblood), a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate. Mel Gibson's fourth film as director (following The Man Without a FaceBraveheart and The Passion of the Christ). Nominated for three Oscars.

Streaming until January 5 at SBS On Demand:
 

 

I, Daniel Blake 

MA15+
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ken Loach
Starring: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy
What's it about?
59-year-old Daniel Blake (Johns) has worked as a carpenter most of his life in Newcastle, but for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with single mother Katie (Squires) and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know, some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy. Winner of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or.

Streaming until January 5 at SBS On Demand:
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Spoor

M
Poland, 2017
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Language: English, Polish
Director: Agnieszka Holland
Starring: Agnieszka Mandat-Grabka, Wiktor Zborowski, Jakub Gierszał
What's it about?
A story about Janina Duszejko (Mandat-Grabka), an elderly woman, who lives alone in the Klodzko Valley where a series of mysterious crimes are committed. Duszejko is convinced that she knows who (or what) is the murderer, but nobody believes her. From Agnieszka Holland, director of Europa Europa and Olivier, Olivier.

Streaming until January 6 at SBS On Demand:

 

The Wrestler

MA15+
USA, 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei
What's it about?
Pro wrestler Randy 'The Ram' Robinson (Rourke, in an Oscar-nominated comeback role), a former superstar now paying the price for twenty years of grueling punishment in and out of the ring. But he's about to risk everything to prove he has one more match left in him: a re-staging of his famous Madison Square Garden bout against 'The Ayatollah'. Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan).

Streaming until January 6 at SBS On Demand:

 

The Railway Man

M
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).

Streaming until January 8 at SBS On Demand:
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Vicky Cristina Barcelona

M
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 until January 9 at SBS On Demand:

 

Volver

M
Spain, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Blanca Portillo, Antonio de la Torre
What's it about?
Raimunda (Cruz, in an Oscar-nominated performance), her teenage daughter and her hairdresser sister are coping as best they can since the death of their mother and also their grandmother, who died along with her husband, in a mysterious fire. However, all is not as it seems in their village, and unresolved matters within the family bubble to the surface. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2006.

Streaming until January 10 at SBS On Demand:
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Arbitrage

MA15+
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 until January 10 at SBS On Demand:
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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

PG
UK, 1989
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Sarah Polley, Eric Idle, John Neville, Oliver Reed
What's it about?
The fantastic tale of a 17th century aristocrat, his henchmen and a little girl as they attempt to save a town from defeat by the Turks. In the process they are swallowed by a giant sea-monster, take a trip to the moon, dance with Venus and escape from the Grim Reaper.

Streaming until January 10 at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen review: A surreal masterpiece

 

Incendies

MA15+
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 until January 12 at SBS On Demand:
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Let the Right One In

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.

Streaming until January 12 at SBS On Demand:

 

The Broken Circle Breakdown

MA15+
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.

Streaming until January 12 at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
The Broken Circle Breakdown review: A wildly emotional rollercoaster ride
Intoxicating rhythm lifts Belgian bluegrass tale.

 

The Meddler

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Lorene Scafaria
Starring: Rose Byrne, Susan Sarandon, J.K. Simmons
What's it about?
An aging widow (Sarandon) from New York City follows her daughter (Byrne) to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away. From Lorene Scafaria, director of Hustlers.

Streaming until January 14 at SBS On Demand:

 

The Last Emperor

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.

Streaming until January 15 at SBS On Demand:
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The Guilty

M
Denmark, 2018
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Language: Danish
Director: Gustav Moller
Starring: Jakob Cedergren, Jessica Dinnage, Omar Shargawi, Johan Olsen
What's it about?
Police officer Asger Holm (Cedergren), demoted to desk work as an alarm dispatcher, answers a call from a panicked woman who claims to have been kidnapped. Confined to the police station and with the phone as his only tool, Asger races against time to get help and find her.

Streaming until January 17 at SBS On Demand:
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Death Defying Acts

PG
UK, Australia, 2007
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Starring: Guy Pearce, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Timothy Spall, Saoirse Ronan 
What's it about?
When in Edinburgh during his 1926 world tour, the escape artist Harry Houdini (Pearce) offers $10,000 to the person who can successfully contact his late mother. Marie Magarvie (Zeta-Jones), who performs in a psychic act with her daughter (Ronan), take up the challenge and in so doing attracts the affections of Houdini. From Gillian Armstrong, director of My Brilliant Career and Little Women.

Streaming until January 19 at SBS On Demand:

 

Ernest & Célestine

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.

Streaming until January 19 at SBS On Demand:

 

Silence

MA15+
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, History
Language: Japanese, English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano, Ciaran Hinds, Liam Neeson, Issei Ogata
What's it about?
Martin Scorsese's long-awaited adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel about 17th century Jesuits (Garfield, Driver) who risk their lives to bring Christianity to Japan. Nominated for Best Cinematography (Rodrigo Prieto) at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Streaming until January 19 at SBS On Demand:
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Detroit

MA15+
USA, 2017
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, History
Language: English
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: John Boyega, Will Poulter, John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie
What's it about?
A security guard (Boyega) is caught in the crossfire after a late-night police raid sparks a violent revolt that spirals out of control and turns the city into a war zone. From director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty).

Streaming until January 21 at SBS On Demand:
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Coming Home

PG
China, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Mandarin
Director: Yimou Zhang
Starring: Li Gong, Daoming Chen, Huiwen Zhang
What's it about?
Lu Yanshi (Chen), a political prisoner, is set free at the end of the Cultural Revolution. When he comes home, he discovers that his wife (Gong) suffers from memory loss and doesn't recognise him. Every day, she waits for her husband to return, without realising he's right beside her.

Streaming until January 23 at SBS On Demand:

 

The Fifth Element

PG
France, USA, 1997
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, Gary Oldman
What's it about?
For ex-Marine Korben Dallas (Willis), life has become tediously repetitive: he drives a flying cab for a living, and eats take away from the same Chinese restaurant, which delivers directly to his window, every day. But little does Korben know, a great extra-terrestrial Evil has teamed up with Zorg, and threatens to destroy the Earth.

Streaming until January 23 at SBS On Demand:
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Elle

MA15+
Belgium, France, Germany, 2016
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: French
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling
What's it about?
When Michèle (Huppert, in her first Oscar nominated performance), the CEO of a gaming software company, is attacked in her home by an unknown assailant, she refuses to let it alter her precisely ordered life. She manages crises involving family, all the while becoming engaged in a game of cat and mouse with her stalker. Directed by Paul Verhoeven (Black BookBasic Instinct).

Streaming until January 25 at SBS On Demand:
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Adam

M
USA, 2019
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Rhys Ernst
Starring: Nicholas Alexander, Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Leo Sheng, Chloë Levine, Margaret Qualley
What's it about?
Adam (Alexander), an awkward teen, spends a summer with his older sister, who is part of New York City's lesbian and trans activist scene. He meets the girl of his dreams (Menuez) but can't figure out how to tell her he's not the trans man she thinks he is. Based on the novel by Ariel Schrag (who also wrote the film's script).

Streaming until January 30 at SBS On Demand:
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A Dangerous Method

MA15+
UK, 2012
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: English
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley, Vincent Cassel, Sarah Gadon
What's it about?
Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung (Fassbender) takes the unbalanced Sabina Spielrein (Knightley) as his patient in this psychological drama from acclaimed director David Cronenberg (Dead Ringers, A History of Violence). Jung's weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud (Mortensen), but soon both men fall under Sabina's spell.

Streaming until January 31 at SBS On Demand:

 

Alfie

PG
UK, 1966
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Lewis Gilbert
Starring: Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin, Julia Foster, Jane Asher
What's it about?
The film tells the story of a young man (Caine) who leads a promiscuous lifestyle until several life reversals make him rethink his purposes and goals in life.

Streaming until January 31 at SBS On Demand:

 

An Education

M
UK, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Lone Scherfig
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper
What's it about?
Jenny (Mulligan) is a bright young girl on the cusp of 17 who finds herself in a whirlwind romance with the much older David (Sarsgaard). Once she sees the lifestyle David can provide, one she never imagined might so easily be hers, she is hooked. Thoughts of prep school and one day attending Oxford fly out the window. Nominated for three Oscars in 2010, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (by Nick Hornby, from the memoir by Lynn Barber), and Best Actress for Mulligan.

Streaming until January 31 at SBS On Demand:
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Bad Timing

MA15+
UK, 1980
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Language: French, English, German, Czech
Director: Nicolas Roeg
Starring: Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell, Harvey Keitel, Denholm Elliott, Daniel Massey
What's it about?
Alex Linden is a psychiatrist living in Vienna who meets Milena Flaherty though a mutual friend. Though Alex is quite a bit older than Milena, he's attracted to her young, carefree spirit. Despite the fact that Milena is already married, their friendship quickly turns into a deeply passionate love affair that threatens to overtake them both. When Milena ends up in the hospital from an overdose, Alex is taken into custody by Inspector Netusil.

Streaming until January 31 at SBS On Demand:

 

Bone Tomahawk

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Western, Horror
Language: English
Director: S. Craig Zahler
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Kurt Russell, Richard Jenkins
What's it about?
When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt, sets out to bring them home. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission - and survival itself - in serious jeopardy. From S. Craig Zahler, writer-director of Brawl In Cell Block 99 of Dragged Across Concrete.

Streaming until January 31 at SBS On Demand:
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Brief Encounter

PG
UK, 1945
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: David Lean
Starring: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey, Cyril Raymond
What's it about?
Returning home from a shopping trip to a nearby town, bored suburban housewife Laura Jesson is thrown by happenstance into an acquaintance with virtuous doctor Alec Harvey. Their casual friendship soon develops during their weekly visits into something more emotionally fulfilling than either expected, and they must wrestle with the potential havoc their deepening relationship would have on their lives and the lives of those they love.

Streaming until January 31 at SBS On Demand:

 

Clouds of Sils Maria

M
France, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English, French
Director: Olivier Assayas
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Kristen Stewart, Juliette Binoche, Brady Corbet
What's it about?
At the peak of her acting career, Maria Enders (Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous years ago. Now she is being asked to take on the other role, that of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant Valentine (Stewart) to rehearse in a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood actress with a penchant for scandal, Jo-Ann (Moretz) is to take on the role of Sigrid. Maria looks at Jo-Ann and sees an unsettling reflection of herself in her. Written and directed by Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper, Summer Hours).

Streaming until January 31 at SBS On Demand:

Dead Ringers

M
Canada, USA, 1988
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Jeremy Irons
What's it about?
Twin gynaecologists (both played by Irons) take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman (Bujold). From director David Cronenberg (VideodromeA History of Violence).

Streaming until January 31 at SBS On Demand:
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Donnie Darko

M
USA, 2001
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Cult
Language: English
Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze
What's it about?
During the presidential election of 1988, a teenage boy named Donnie Darko (Gyllenhaal) sleepwalks out of his house one night, and sees a giant, demonic-looking rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world will end in 28 days, six hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. He returns home the next morning to find that a jet engine has crashed through his bedroom. As he tries to figure out why he survived, and tries to deal with people in his town, Frank continues to turn up in Donnie's mind, causing him to commit acts of vandalism. 

Streaming until January 31 at SBS On Demand:
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A shot at small-town repression.

 

Heartbeats

M
Canada, 2010
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Xavier Dolan
Starring: Xavier Dolan, Niels Schneider, Anne Dorval
What's it about?
Francis (Dolan) and Marie (Chokri) are best friends and seemingly have it all – youth, good looks and style in abundance. One night they meet Nicolas (Schneider), newly arrived in Montreal from the country, and they both fall instantly for this beautiful young man. Winner of the Sydney Film Prize at the 2010 Sydney Film Festival.

Streaming until January 31 at SBS On Demand:

 

Hotel Salvation

PG
India, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Hindi
Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani
Starring: Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh
What's it about?
An ominous dream convinces 77-year-old Dayanand Kumar (Behl) that his end could be near. He takes the news to his son Rajiv (Hussain), knowing he wants to breathe his last in the holy city of Varanasi and end the cycle of rebirth, by attaining salvation. Being the dutiful son he is, Rajiv is left with no choice but to drop everything and make the journey with his stubborn father, checking into Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation) in Varanasi.

Streaming until January 31 at SBS On Demand:

 

Love is Strange

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Ira Sachs
Starring: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Darren E. Burrows
What's it about?
After Ben (Lithgow) and George (Molina) get married, George is fired from his teaching post, forcing them to stay with friends separately while they sell their place and look for cheaper housing, a situation that weighs heavily on all involved. From Ira Sachs, writer-director of Little Men (2016).

Streaming until January 31 at SBS On Demand:
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Loveless

MA15+
Russia, France, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Russian
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Starring: Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Matvey Novikov, Alexey Fateev
What's it about?
Zhenya (Spivak) and Boris (Rozin) are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page – even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha (Novikov). Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alyosha disappears. From acclaimed director Andrey Zvyagintsev (LeviathanElenaThe Return).

Streaming until January 31 at SBS On Demand:
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Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

M
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).

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Room in Rome

MA15+
Spain, 2010
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Italian, Russian, Spanish
Director: Julio Medem
Starring: Elena Anaya, Natasha Yarovenko, Enrico Lo Verso
What's it about?
When Alba (Anaya) seduces fellow tourist Natasha (Yarovenko) in a bar, the two women agree to limit their passionate affair to a one-night encounter in a hotel. Their physical adventure also leads them to share their life stories with each other.

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Slow West

M
UK, 2015
Genre: Action, Western, Comedy
Language: English
Director: John Maclean
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn
What's it about?
Set at the end of the 19th century, Slow West follows Jay (Smit-McPhee), a 17-year-old Scottish aristocrat who travels to American West to look for his former lover. Faced with the brutal frontier environment, he soon teams up with a rough and mysterious traveller named Silas (Fassbender), who soon discovers that Jay’s old flame has a price on her head. Together, they make their way through the wilderness, while trying to stay one step ahead of the bounty hunters.

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Tangerine

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Sean Baker
Starring: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, James Ransone
What's it about?
It's Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (Rodriguez) is back on the block after 28 days in prison. When she hears that her pimp boyfriend has cheated on her while she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra (Taylor), embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumour. Their odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity. This critically acclaimed and often hilarious film was famously shot on three iPhone 5 smartphones.

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The Best Offer

M
Italy, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Italian
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Donald Sutherland, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks
What's it about?
Virgil Oldman (Rush) is a misogynist auctioneer and art collector who puts his friend Billy (Sutherland) in charge of purchasing works of art undisturbed. One day he receives a call from Claire (Hoeks), heiress to a sprawling villa full of paintings and antiques. She convinces him to evaluate her late parents’ property. From here begins a story full of passion and intrigue. From Giuseppe Tornatore, director of Cinema Paradiso.

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The Breaker Upperers

M
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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Woman at War

M
France, Iceland, Ukraine, 2018
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Action
Language: Icelandic, English
Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Starring: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Jörundur Ragnarsson
What's it about?
Halla (Geirharðsdóttir) declares a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. She is prepared to risk everything to protect the pristine Icelandic Highlands she loves, until an orphan unexpectedly enters her life. From Of Horses and Men writer/director Benedikt Erlingsson, and winner of the SACD Screenwriting Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

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The Dark Horse

M
New Zealand, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance
Starring: Cliff Curtis
What's it about?
The true story of New Zealand chess champion Genesis Potini (Cliff Curtis), a man who, despite having to face challenges on his own, finds purpose teaching chess to the children in his community in the hope of helping them avoid a life of crime and violence.

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The Draughtsman's Contract

M
UK, 1983
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Romance
Language: Dutch, English, German
Director: Peter Greenaway
Starring: Anthony Higgins, Janet Suzman, Dave Hill, Anne-Louise Lambert, Hugh Fraser
What's it about?
Hoping to solidify her tottering marriage to philandering Dave Hill, Mrs. Herbert arranges for 12 elaborate sketches to be made of their estate. The sketches are to be a surprise gift for her husband, thus Mrs. Herbert secretly contracts with draughtsman Neville. Neville agrees to undertake the job, provided that Mrs. Herbert sleep with him every day. Before long, Neville has seduced everything in petticoats within a radius of five miles -- and has also made himself Number One suspect when husband Hill is found murdered.

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The Lives of Others

MA15+
Germany, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: German
Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Starring: Ulrich Mühe, Sebastian Koch, Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Tukur
What's it about?
East Berlin, November 1984. Five years before its downfall, the former East-German government ensured its claim to power with a ruthless system of control and surveillance. Party-loyalist Captain Gerd Wiesler (Mühe) hopes to boost his career when given the job of collecting evidence against a playwright (Koch) and his girlfriend (Gedeck). He doesn't anticipate the impact that the exercise will have upon him. Winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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The Lovely Bones

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Stanley Tucci, Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon
What's it about?
Based on the best selling book by Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones is the story of a 14-year-old girl (Ronan) from suburban Pennsylvania who is murdered by her neighbour (Tucci). She tells the story and watches the effects of her death on her family from Heaven, as her parents (Weisz, Wahlberg) drift apart, her father becomes obsessed with vengeance and her sister grows into the woman she would never be. 

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