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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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14 Jan 2021 - 2:46 PM  UPDATED 15 Jan 2021 - 12:24 PM

THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV & SBS On Demand
TV Movie Guide: 18 - 24 January
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 Midnight in Paris, Her, Blue Jasmine, Charlie Wilson's War, The Big Short and Grace of Monaco

 

MONDAY 18 JANUARY

Beautiful Lies
7:30pm

MA
France, 2010
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Language: French
Director: Pierre Savladori 
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Nathalie Baye, Sami Bouajila
What's it about?
Emilie (Tautou) is a hairdresser who receives a beautiful, but anonymous love letter. She initially throws it away, before realising that it could be the way to rescue her mother who has become lonely since her husband left her. Without thinking further, she sends the letter on to her, but Emilie doesn't yet know that Jean, her shy employee, is the letter's author.

Midnight in Paris
9:30pm

PG, CC
Spain, 2011
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Léa Seydoux
What's it about?
Vacationing in contemporary Paris with his fiancee (McAdams), an insecure writer (Wilson) is whisked back in time and meets Jazz Age giants of art and literature. The most commercially successful film to date from Woody Allen, who won the Best Original Screenplay at the 2012 Academy Awards.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
Midnight in Paris Review
Love letter to artistic heroes brings Allen back to greatness.

 

TUESDAY 19 JANUARY

The Names of Love
7:35pm

M
France, 2010
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Michel Leclerc
Starring: Sara Forestier, Zinedine Soualem, Jacques Gamblin
What's it about?
Baya (Forestier) is a young leftwing activist who is trying to change people's political beliefs. Her method for converting the rightwing politicians involves seducing them into sleeping with her. All is going well, until she meets Arthur Martin (Gamblin).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Her
9:30pm

MA15+, CC
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Spike Jonze
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson (voice), Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara
What's it about?
In future Los Angeles, Theodore (Phoenix) is a lonely man who has had his heart broken. He uses his savings to invest in a personalised computer operating system called Samantha (voiced by Johansson), who is designed to meet his every requirement. Theodore and Samantha have a fulfilling life together, serving each others needs but over time, their relationship develops and deepens, becoming more complicated that anyone could have predicted. Winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Her: Spike Jonze interview
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Her Review
A love that feels mighty real.

 

WEDNESDAY 20 JANUARY

Ilo Ilo
7:35pm

M
Singapore, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: Mandarin
Director: Anthony Chen
Starring: Koh Jia Ler, Angeli Bayani, Tian Wen Chen, Yann Yann Yeo
What's it about?
Chronicles the day-to-day drama of the Lim family - troublesome grade-schooler Jiale (Koh Jia Ler) and his overstressed parents, Heck (Tian Wen Chen) and Leng (Yann Yann Yeo) - during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. The parents hire Teresa (Bayani), a Filipino immigrant, as a live-in maid and nanny, who eventually forms a unique bond with Jiale, but just as Teresa becomes an unspoken part of the family, unforeseen circumstances in an uncertain economy will challenge the new normal yet again.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
Ilo Ilo Review
Maid aids ailing family in convincing Camera d'Or winner.

A Separation
9:30pm

PG
Iran, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Persian-Farsi
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Starring: Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sarina Farhadi, Sareh Bayat
What's it about?
A married couple (Moaadi and Hatami) is faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. Winner of both the Golden Bear (top prize) at the 2011 Berlin Festival and the 2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this remains one of the most celebrated and acclaimed Iranian films of all time.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
A Separation Review
A mesmerising account of a complicated coupling.

 

THURSDAY 21 JANUARY

Free In Deed
7:40pm

M
New Zealand, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jake Mahaffy
Starring: David Harewood, Edwina Findley Dickerson, Kathy Smith, Helen Bowman, RaJay Chandler
What's it about?
When a single mother (Dickerson) brings her young boy (Chandler) to church for healing, this lonely pentecostal minister is forced to confront the seemingly incurable illness of the child, and his own demons as well. The more he prays, the more things seem to spiral out of his control. Winner of the Best Film Award in the Horizons section at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.

Free in Deed

Blue Jasmine
9:30pm

M, CC
USA, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Alec Baldwin, Andrew Dice Clay
What's it about?
After her marriage to a wealthy businessman collapses, New York socialite Jasmine (Blanchett, in an Oscar-winning performance) flees to San Francisco and the modest apartment of her sister, Ginger (Hawkins). Although she's in a fragile emotional state and lacks job skills, Jasmine still manages to voice her disapproval of Ginger's boyfriend, Chili. Jasmine begrudgingly takes a job in a dentist's office, while Ginger begins dating a man who's a step up from Chili. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Blue Jasmine: Alec Baldwin interview
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FRIDAY 22 JANUARY

Charlie Wilson's War
7:35pm

M, CC
USA, 2007
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: English
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman
What's it about?
In the early 1980s, US Congressman Charlie Wilson (Hanks), Texas socialite Joanne Herring (Roberts) and CIA agent Gust Avrakotos (Hoffman) form an unlikely alliance to boost funding for Afghan freedom fighters in their war against invading Soviets. The trio's successful efforts to finance these covert operations contributes to the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. From director Mike Nichols (The GraduateCloser).

NOTE: No Catch-up at SBS On Demand
REVIEW
Charlie Wilson's War review: Not your average war movie
How one man changed history - and had a hell of a time doing it.

The Big Short
9:30pm

M, CC
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Adam McKay
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Brad Pitt
What's it about?
Based on the non-fiction book by Michael Lewis ('The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game'), The Big Short tells the story of bond and real estate derivative geeks who saw the housing crash of 2008 coming and bet against the collateralised debt obligation bubble, thus striking it rich. Winner of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
The Big Short review: Laughing all the way to the bank
GFC comedy gamble pays off.

 

SATURDAY 23 JANUARY

Grace of Monaco
6:35pm

PG, CC
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: French
Director: Olivier Dahan
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Paz Vega, Frank Langella, Parker Posey
What's it about?
Set in 1962, six years after she celebrated her wedding, Grace of Monaco tells of a year in the life of one of the twentieth century's most iconic women – Grace Kelly (Kidman) – as she strived to reconcile her past and her present, a yearning for a return to the big screen with her newfound role as a mother of two, monarch of a European principality and wife to Prince Ranier III (Roth). Opening night film at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and directed by Olivier Dahan (La vie en rose).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Source Code
8:30pm

M
USA, 2011
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Duncan Jones
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jeffrey Wright, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga
What's it about?
When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he's ever known, he learns he's part of a government experiment called the 'Source Code,' a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last eight minutes of his life. Directed by Duncan Jones (Moon).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Bad Genius
10:10pm

M
Thailand, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Crime
Language: Thai
Director: Nattawut Poonpiriya
Starring: Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, Eisaya Hosuwan, Teeradon Supapunpinyo
What's it about?
Inspired by true events. Lynn (Chuengcharoensukying), a brilliant high school student who makes money by cheating tests, receives a new task that leads her to travel from Bangkok to Sydney, Australia. In order to complete the millions-Baht task, Lynn and her classmates have to finish the international STIC(SAT) exam and deliver the answers back to her friends in Thailand before the exam takes place once again in her home country.

REVIEW
'Bad Genius': Exam-Cheating Syndicate Makes For Nail-Biting Heist Movie
Inspired by true events and set partly in Sydney, this hit Thai film about an exam-cheating racket is as exciting as any Hollywood caper.

 

SUNDAY 24 JANUARY

Under the Cover of Cloud
5:05pm

PG
Australia, 2018
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Ted Wilson
Starring: Ted Wilson, Arthur Wessing, Chris Wessing, Jessie Wilson, David Boon
What's it about?
An embittered journalist (Wilson) returns home to Hobart after losing his Melbourne magazine job. With nothing to do except think about his next move, he lands on the idea of writing a book about Tasmanian upper-order batsmen, and in particular the great man himself: David Boon. But soon he’s discovering there’s a lot more to his homeland than he once thought, and that everything he’s been searching for could be closer than he imagined.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Under the Cover Of Cloud

El Angel
8:30pm

MA15+
Argentina, Spain, 2018
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Luis Ortega
Starring: Lorenzo Ferro, Chino Darín, Mercedes Morán, Daniel Fanego, Luis Gnecco
What's it about?
Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1971. Carlos Robledo Puch (Ferro) is a 19-year-old boy with an angelic face, but a vocational thief as well, who acts ruthlessly, without remorse. When he meets Ramón (Darín), they follow together a dark path of crime and death. This stylish biopic co-produced by Pedro and Agustin Almodóvar.

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