• L-R: Mother, The Game, Postcards From The Edge, Lovers on the Bridge (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
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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18 Feb 2021 - 2:52 PM  UPDATED 18 Feb 2021 - 4:05 PM

THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV & SBS On Demand
TV Movie Guide: 22 - 28 February
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 Mr. Holmes and Hannibal

 

MONDAY 22 FEBRUARY

In Harmony
7:50pm

M
France, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Denis Dercourt
Starring: Cecile de France, Albert Dupontel, Marie Bäumer, Patrick Mille, Antonin Gabrielli
What's it about?
Based on equestrian trainer Bernard Sachse's memoir, 'On My Four Legs'. Marc (Dupontel) is a stunt rider crippled from an accident while filming, whose case is taken on by insurance assessor Florence (De France). A simple settlement seems distant as Marc's stubborn dignity draws Florence to him, and an unlikely love affair blossoms.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

La Femme Nikita
9:30pm

MA15+
France, 1990
Genre: Thriller, Action
Language: French
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Anne Parillaud, Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Jean Reno
What's it about?
Nikita's (Parillaud) killer instincts as a ruthless street junkie make her the perfect assassin. Recruited against her will by a secret government organisation, she's transformed into a sexy lethal weapon. From director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
La Femme Nikita Review
A real heart grabber.
 

TUESDAY 23 FEBRUARY

Black Kite
7:50pm

M
Afghanistan, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Persian
Director: Tarique Qayumi
Starring: Haji Gul, Hamid Noorzay, Masoud Fanayee, Leena Alam
What's it about?
Arian (Gul) loves kites but a changing Afghanistan stands in his way. When the Taliban take power and ban kite flying, he all but gives up on his passion. However, to give his daughter Seema (Nasim) a sense of childhood that he once had, Arian risks his life to find and fly kites.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Black Kite

The Devotion of Suspect X
9:30pm

M
China, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Language: Mandarin
Director: Alec Su
Starring: Zhang Luyi, Kai Wang, Ruby Lin, Ye Zuxin, Ding Guansen, Deng Enxi
What's it about?
Based on Keigo Higashino’s award-winning novel of the same name. Shi Hong (Zhang Luyi) is a brilliant mathematics teacher who is forced into the lives of neighbour Chen Jing (Ruby Lin) and her young daughter. Old friendships are put to the test, and trust is soon thrown out the window.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

WEDNESDAY 24 FEBRUARY

The Mafia Kills Only in Summer
7:50pm

M
Italy, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Language: Italian
Director: Pif
Starring: Pif, Cristiana Capotondi, Alex Bisconti 
What's it about?
The semi-autobiographical directorial debut of satirist Pierfrancesco 'Pif' Diliberto. We follow Arturo (Pif) from childhood to maturity, wittily examining the pervasive influence the Cosa Nostra holds over the everyday lives of his family and community as he commences a life-long romantic pursuit of beautiful classmate and neighbour Flora (Capotondi).

Mother
9:30pm

MA15+
Korea, 2009
Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery
Language: Korean
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Starring: Hye-ja Kim, Won Bin, Jin Goo, Je-mun Yun
What's it about?
When a mentally disabled boy (Won Bin) is arrested for the murder of a young girl in rural South Korea, the case is quickly closed thanks to an inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force. It's left to the boy's widowed mother (Hye-ja Kim) to find the girl's killer and to prove her son's innocence. Directed by Bong Joon-ho (Parasite) and winner of three Asian Film Awards in 2010, including Best Film.

 

THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY

A Ghost Story
7:50pm

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Language: English
Director: David Lowery
Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham, Liz Cardenas Franke, Sonia Acevedo
What's it about?
Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. From David Lowery, director of Ain't Them Bodies Saints and The Old Man And The Gun.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara in 'A Ghost Story' (2017)
REVIEW
'A Ghost Story' Haunts Without Scaring
An unclassifiable low-budget experiment that's sure to haunt those who open themselves up to the experience.

Blood Simple
9:30pm

MA15+
USA, 1984
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Film-Noir
Language: English
Director: Joel Coen
Starring: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh
What's it about?
The owner (Hedaya) of a seedy small-town Texas bar discovers that one of his employees (Getz) is having an affair with his wife (McDormand). A chaotic chain of misunderstandings, lies and mischief ensues after he devises a plot to have them murdered. The debut from the Coen brothers (No Country For Old Men, Fargo).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY

Postcards from the Edge
7:35pm

M
USA, 1990 
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss
What's it about?
On exit from rehab, Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale (Streep) stays with her mother Doris (MacLaine) on recommendation, who has become a somewhat champion drinker herself, and Suzanne thus struggles to maintain her sobriety and her sanity in her company. Adapted from Carrie Fisher's acclaimed memoir and directed by Mike Nichols (The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), the film was nominated for two 1991 Academy Awards including Best Actress (Streep).

Original 1991 Movie Show Review

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Game
9:30pm

M
USA, 1997
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Deborah Kara Unger, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Carroll Baker
What's it about?
Nicholas Van Orton (Douglas) is a joyless San Francisco investment banker who receives an unusual birthday present from his estranged younger brother, Conrad (Penn). The gift enrols Nicholas in CRS (Consumer Recreation Services), a company that designs elaborate real-life games for each specific participant. Nicholas then becomes the victim of a series of pranks that quickly turn malicious and dangerous. Directed by David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club, The Social Network).

Original 1997 Movie Show Review

NOTE: No catch-up at SSB On Demand

 

SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARY

The Ideal Palace
6:30pm

PG
France, 2019
Genre: History, Drama
Language: French
Director: Nils Tavernier
Starring: Jacques Gamblin, Laetitia Casta, Bernard Le Coq, Florence Thomassin
What's it about?
Based on the true story of Joseph Ferdinand Cheval (Gamblin). After his wife, Philomena (Casta) gives birth to their daughter Alice, Cheval decides to build Alice a palace fit for a princess. With only his bare hands, his love for his daughter and the dedication of his wife, he starts carefully collecting stones and begins building the historically classified monument.

Hannibal
8:30pm

MA15+, CC
USA, UK, 2001
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Horror
Language: English
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta, Giancarlo Giannini
What's it about?
After having successfully eluded the authorities for years, Hannibal (Hopkins) peacefully lives in Italy in disguise as an art scholar. Trouble strikes again when he's discovered leaving a deserving few dead in the process. He returns to America to make contact with now disgraced Agent Clarice Starling (Moore), who is suffering the wrath of a malicious FBI rival as well as the media.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Step by Step
10:55pm

M
France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Grand Corps Malade, Mehdi Idir
Starring: Pablo Pauly, Soufiane Guerrab, Moussa Mansaly, Nailia Harzoune, Franck Falise
What's it about?
Ben (Pauly) lands at a physiotherapy centre following a crippling accident. His new friends are tetraplegics, paraplegics, and victims of head injury. Together they'll learn patience. They'll resist, show off, quarrel, and flirt, but above all, they'll find the strength to live again. Step By Step is a story of rebirth, a chaotic journey marked by wins and losses, tears and laughter, and especially, encounters with others - healing is a team effort.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY

Mr. Holmes
6:35pm

M, CC
UK, USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada
What's it about?
An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes (McKellan) deals with early dementia as he tries to remember both his final case and a mysterious woman whose memory haunts him. He also befriends a fan, the young son of his housekeeper, who wants him to work again.

Mr. Holmes airs Tuesday 9th July at 7:30pm on SBS World Movies
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'Mr. Holmes' plays like fan-fiction, but excellent fan-fiction
Ian McKellen gives one of his finest performances, as an ageing Holmes reflecting on the past and contending with his legacy.

The Lovers on the Bridge
8:30pm

M
France, 1991
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Leos Carax
Starring: Denis Lavant, Juliette Binoche
What's it about?
Set against Paris' oldest bridge, the Pont Neuf, while it was closed for repairs, this film is a love story between two young vagrants: Alex, a would be circus performer addicted to alcohol and sedatives and Michele, a painter driven to a life on the streets because of a failed relationship and an affliction which is slowly turning her blind. From Leos Carax, director of Holy Motors.

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You Disappear
10:45pm

MA15+
Denmark, Sweden, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish, Swedish, Swahili
Director: Peter Schønau Fog
Starring: Trine Dyrholm, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Michael Nyqvist, Laura Bro, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
What's it about?
Frederik is the headmaster of a private school and one day he is being accused of stealing 12 million Danish crowns from the school. But everything is not as simple as it might seem. Frederik has been living with a tumor in his brain for the last 3 years and it has changed his personality. Now his wife Mia and the defense lawyer Bernard have to try and get Frederik acquitted of all charges.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
 
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