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Don't miss your chance to watch these standout feature films leaving SBS On Demand throughout September 2021.
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SBS Movies

3 Sep 2021 - 6:18 PM  UPDATED 3 Sep 2021 - 7:11 PM

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

 

Il Divo

MA15+
Italy, 2008
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: Italian
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Giulio Bosetti
What's it about?
A chronicle of the character and career of the seven-time Prime Minister, Giulio Andreotti (Servillo), renowned for leading one after another of Italy’s rapid succession of administrations and surviving a major bribery and corruption investigation, while opponents and former allies mysteriously dropped dead around him.

Streaming until 4th September, 2021:
REVIEW
Why You Should Watch: Il Divo
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The Silver Brumby

PG
Australia, 1993
Genre: Family, Drama
Language: English
Director: John Tatoulis
Starring: Russell Crowe, Caroline Goodall, Amiel Daemion, Johnny Raaen, Buddy Tyson
What's it about?
During a violent storm in the Victorian Highlands, a mother tells her frightened daughter a fable about a great silver brumby who must find its place among its kind, while one man, living in the wilderness, is determined to capture the brumby and tame it. Based on Elyne Mitchell's novel of the same name.

Streaming until September 5th, 2021:
 

The Doors

MA15+, CC
USA, 1991
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, Kathleen Quinlan, Michael Wincott
What's it about?
After a psychedelic experience in the California desert, Jim Morrison (Kilmer) and his bandmates in The Doors begin performing in Los Angeles and quickly become a sensation. However, when Jim begins ditching his musical responsibilities and his girlfriend, Pamela (Ryan) in favour of his dangerous addictions and the affections of the seductive, occult-obsessed Patricia (Quinlan), the band starts to worry. Directed by Oliver Stone (JFKPlatoonBorn on the Fourth of July).

Streaming until September 6th, 2021:
Val Kimer as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's 'The Doors', showing this Wednesday the 24th April at 10:45pm on SBS VICELAND

 

The Baader Meinhof Complex

MA15+, CC
Germany, 2008
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: German
Director: Uli Edel
Starring: Martina Gedeck, Nadja Uhl, Bruno Ganz, Moritz Bleibtreu
What's it about?
Details the story of the Red Army Faction, a left-wing terrorist organisation that became increasingly active in the late 1960s and '70s. Also known as the Baader-Meinhof Group, the faction was formed by the radicalised children of the Nazi generation with the intended goal of battling Western imperialism and the West German establishment. Nominated for the 2009 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Streaming until September 7th, 2021:
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The Railway Man

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).

Streaming until September 7th, 2021:
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Beast

M
UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Crime
Language: English
Director: Michael Pearce
Starring: Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Trystan Gravelle, Geraldine James, Oliver Maltman
What's it about?
A troubled woman (Buckley) living in an isolated community finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider (Flynn) suspected of a series of brutal murders.

Streaming until September 8th, 2021:

 

Mary and the Witch's Flower

PG
Japan, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Voice Cast: Hana Sugisaki, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Yuki Amami, Fumiyo Kohinata
What's it about?
One day, while spending the summer with her great aunt, Mary follows an odd cat into the nearby woods. There she stumbles upon flowers which hold a strange, luminescent power that brings a broomstick to life - which then, in a heartbeat, whisks her above the clouds and off to a strange and secret place. It is here she finds Endor College - a school of magic.

Streaming until September 9th, 2021

 

Capricorn One

PG
UK, USA, 1977
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Peter Hyams
Starring: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston, O.J. Simpson, Karen Black
What's it about?
In order to protect the reputation of the American space program, a team of scientists stages a phoney Mars landing. Willingly participating in the deception are a trio of well-meaning astronauts, who become liabilities when their space capsule is reported lost on re-entry. Now, with the help of a crusading reporter, they must battle a sinister conspiracy that will stop at nothing to keep the truth.

Streaming under September 11th, 2021:

 

Mona Lisa

MA15+, CC
UK, 1986
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine, Robbie Coltrane
What's it about?
George (Hoskins) is a small-time crook just out of prison who discovers his tough-guy image is out of date. Reduced to working as a minder/driver for high class call girl Simone (Tyson), he has to agree when she asks him to find a young colleague from her King's Cross days - that's when George's troubles just start. Directed by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, The Company of Wolves), the film earned Hoskins an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

Streaming under September 11th, 2021:

 

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

M, CC
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Lynda Gravatt
What's it about?
Hard-nosed liberal lawyer Roman J. Israel (Washinton, in an Oscar-nominated performance) has been fighting the good fight forever while others take the credit. When his partner (Farrell) – the firm’s frontman – has a heart attack, Israel suddenly takes on that role. He soon discovers some unsettling truths about the firm – truths that conflict with his values of helping the poor and dispossessed – and finds himself in an existential crisis that leads to extreme actions. From Dan Gilroy, writer-director of Nightcrawler.

Streaming under September 11th, 2021:
 

The Imposter

M, CC
UK, 2012
Genre: Documentary, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Bart Layton
What's it about?
In 1994, Nicholas Barclay, a 13-year-old Texas boy vanishes from his home without a trace. Three and a half years later, staggering news arrives: the boy has been found, far from home in Spain, disclosing horrific stories of kidnap and torture. His ecstatic family accept him without question, and he integrates back into their lives. Yet why do the family not seem to notice the glaring physical and personality differences between Nicholas and the person who claims to be him? And if this person who has arrived in Texas isn’t Nicholas, then who is he?

Streaming until September 12th, 2021:
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Beanpole

MA15+
Russia, 2019
Genre: Drama
Language: Russian
Director: Kantemir Balagov
Starring: Viktoriya Miroshnichenko, Vasilisa Perelygina, Konstantin Balakirev
What's it about?
During WWII in Leningrad, the siege of the city is finally over, but life and death struggles continue in the wreckage that remains. Two young women search for meaning and hope during their struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins. Winner of both the Best Director Award and the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Prize for Best Film in the Un Certain Regard section.

Streaming until September 14, 2021:
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The Killing of a Sacred Deer

MA15+
UK, USA, Ireland, 2017
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Alicia Silverstone, Bill Camp
What's it about?
A fatherless teen (Keoghan) starts to insinuate himself into the life of a renowned surgeon (Farrell), his wife (Kidman) and two children. The full scope of his intent soon becomes menacingly clear when he confronts the doctor with a long-forgotten transgression. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, The Lobster, The Favourite).

Streaming until September 14, 2021:

 

The Thief of Bagdad

PG
UK, 1940
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Michael Powell, Ludwig Berger, Tim Whelan
Starring: Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez, John Justin, Rex Ingram
What's it about?
The evil Jaffar (Veidt) has imprisoned the King of Bagdad, Ahmad (Justin). A young thief, Abu (Sabu), helps him to escape to the Sultan's palace where Ahmad falls in love with the Sultan's daughter, who is betrothed to Jaffar. As the two attempt to restore peace to the city, their adventures bring them into contact with a genie and a flying carpet, both of which they will need if they are to defeat Jaffar. Co-directed by Michael Powell (The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus).

Streaming until September 16th, 2021:
 

The Importance of Being Earnest

G
UK, 1952
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Anthony Asquith
Starring: Michael Redgrave, Michael Denison, Edith Evans, Joan Greenwood, Dorothy Tutin
What's it about?
Algernon Moncrieff (Denison) is surprised to discover that his affluent friend (Redgrave) -- whom he knows as "Ernest" -- is actually named Jack Worthing. Jack fabricated his alter ego in order to escape his country estate where he takes care of his charge, Cecily Cardew (Tutin). Cecily believes that Ernest is Jack's wayward brother and is keen on his raffish lifestyle. Algernon, seeing an opportunity, assumes Ernest's identity and sneaks off to woo Cecily. Based on the classic Oscar Wilde play.

Streaming until September 16th, 2021:
The Importance Of Being Earnest (1952)

 

Kung Fu Jungle

M
Hong Kong, China, 2014
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Action
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese
Director: Teddy Chan
Starring: Donnie Yen, Baoqiang Wang, Charlie Yeung
What's it about?
A martial arts instructor (Yen) working at a police academy gets imprisoned after killing a man by accident. But when a vicious killer starts targeting martial arts masters, the instructor offers to help the police in return for his freedom.

Streaming until September 17th, 2021:

 

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

PG
UK, 1943
Genre: War, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: English, French, German
Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Starring: Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Adolf Wohlbrück, Roland Culver
What's it about?
General Candy (Livesey), who's overseeing an English squad in 1943, is a veteran leader who doesn't have the respect of the men he's training and is considered out-of-touch with what's needed to win the war. But it wasn't always this way. Flashing back to his early career in the Boer War and World War I, we see a dashing young officer whose life has been shaped by three different women, and by a lasting friendship with a German soldier.

Streaming until September 18th, 2021:

 

Haute Cuisine

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 until September 19th, 2021:

 

Le Brio

M
France, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: French
Director: Yvan Attal
Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Camélia Jordana, Yasin Houicha, Nozha Khouadra
What's it about?
Neïla Salah (Jordana) grew up in Créteil, a tower block suburb on the outskirts of Paris, and dreams of becoming a lawyer. She has been accepted into a major university in Paris and on her first day there she is confronted by Pierre Mazard (Auteuil), a professor known for his provocative behaviour and blunders. To make amends for an incident, he accepts to help Neïla prepare for a prestigious competition in courtroom eloquence. From Yvan Attal, writer-director of My Wife In An Actress.

Streaming until September 19th, 2021:
 

The Last Diamond

M
Belgium, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Eric Barbier
Starring: Yvan Attal, Berenice Bejo, Jean-François Stévenin, Antoine Basler
What's it about?
A thief on parole (Attal) is hired to carry out the biggest job of his career, to steal the famous Florentine diamond. To succeed, he must get close to a beautiful diamond expert (Academy Award nominee Bejo) with a personal interest in the jewel.

Streaming until September 20th, 2021:
 

Trafic

G
France, Italy, 1971
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Jacques Tati
Starring: Jacques Tati, Tony Knepper, Maria Kimberly, Marcel Fraval, Honoré Bostel, François Maisongrosse
What's it about?
Hulot is the head designer of the Altra Automotive Company. His latest invention is a newfangled camper car loaded with outrageous extra features. Along with the company's manager and publicity model, Hulot sets out from Paris with the intention of debuting the car at the annual auto show in Amsterdam. The going isn't easy, however, and the group encounters an increasingly bizarre series of hurdles and setbacks en route.

Streaming until September 21st, 2021:
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Strangerland

MA15+, CC
Australia, 2015
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Kim Farrant
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, Joseph Fiennes
What's it about?
Newly arrived in the remote Australian desert town of Nathgari, Catherine (Kidman) and Matt Parker (Fiennes) are trying to adjust, when their two teenage children, Lily and Tom disappear in the desert, just as a massive dust storm is about to hit. Rumours start swirling about what could have happened to children and, with temperatures rising and the chances of survival plummeting with each passing day, Catherine and Matthew find themselves pushed to the brink.

Streaming until September 21st, 2021:
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Masaan

M
France, India, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Hindi
Director: Neeraj Ghaywan
Starring: Richa Chadha, Sanjay Mishra, Vicky Kaushal, Shweta Tripathi, Vineet Kumar
What's it about?
Four lives intersect along the Ganges: a low caste boy in hopeless love, a daughter ridden with guilt of a sexual encounter ending in a tragedy, a hapless father with fading morality, and a spirited child yearning for a family, long to escape the moral constructs of a small-town. Winner of Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015.

Streaming until September 23rd, 2021:

 

The Fifth Element

PG, CC
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. A cult classic by Luc Besson (Leon: The ProfessionalLa Femme Nikita).

Streaming until September 26th, 2021:
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A United Kingdom

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.

Streaming until September 27th, 2021:
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Loving

PG
USA, 2016
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Michael Shannon, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Bill Camp
What's it about?
The story of Richard (Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Negga, in an Oscar-nominated performance), an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud).

Streaming until September 27th, 2021:

 

Manje Bistre

M
India, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Punjabi
Director: Baljit Singh Deo
Starring: Gippy Grewal, Sonam Bajwa, Karamjeet Anmol, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Jaggi Singh
What's it about?
Although she is already engaged to another, a young man falls in love and tries to woo the object of his desire, all while preparing for his sister's wedding.

Streaming until September 29th, 2021:

 

Angel Heart

MA15+
USA, 1987
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet, Robert De Niro
What's it about?
The down-and-out private detective Harry Angel (Rourke) is ordered, by a mysterious man named Louis Cyphre (De Niro), to go on a mission to find a missing person. His routine failure soon leads to a bloody spur with himself as Harry Angel goes on a supernatural journey into his soul. Directed by Alan Parker (Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning).

Streaming until September 30th, 2021:

 

Dean Spanley

G
UK, 2008
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Toa Fraser
Starring: Peter O'Toole, Sam Neill, Jeremy Northam, Art Malik, Bryan Brown
What's it about?
England, 1904. Henslowe Fisk (Northam) and his ailing father, Horatio Fisk (O’Toole), decide to go to a lecture given by the Swami Nala Prash (Malik) on reincarnation, called ‘The Transmigration of Souls’. While there, they meet one Dean Spanley (Neill) as well as Wrather (Brown), a self-described facilitator from the Colonies.

Streaming until September 30th, 2021:

 

Diva

M
France, 1981
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Language: English, French, Italian
Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix
Starring: Frédéric Andréi, Richard Bohringer, Roland Bertin, Wilhelmenia Fernandez
What's it about?
Jules, a young Parisian postman, secretly records a concert performance given by the opera singer Cynthia Hawkins, whom he idolises. The following day, Jules runs into a woman who is being pursued by armed thugs. Before she is killed, the woman slips an audio cassette into his mail bag...

Streaming until September 30th, 2021:
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Why You Should Watch: Diva
In 1981, this stunner kicked off the ‘Cinéma du look’ movement and movies have never been the same since. It’s free to watch at On Demand for the whole year.

 

Eat Drink Man Woman

PG
Taiwan, USA, 1994
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: Chinese
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Yang Kuei-Mei, Wu Chien-Lien, Yu-Wen Wang, Winston Chao, Sylvia Chang
What's it about?
From Oscar-winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), Eat Drink Man Woman is a classic tale of simmering frustrations and relationship woes as semi-retired Master Chef Chu shares his culinary skills and tends to his three unmarried daughters’ respective emotional journeys. Jia-Jen is a chemistry teacher, Jia-Chien an airline executive and Jia-Ning works at a fast-food establishment. Together they help prepare and eat a sumptuously elaborate dinner each Sunday, a family tradition which allows for considerable insight into their lives and fuels the fire for each daughter to deal with the turmoil of new romantic challenges.

Streaming until 30 September 2021:

 

Gali Guleiyan [In the Shadows]

M
UK, India, 2018
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Language: Hindi
Director: Dipesh Jain
Starring: Manoj Bajpayee, Shahana Goswami, Ranvir Shorey, Neeraj Kabi, Om Singh
What's it about?
A reclusive Old Delhi shopkeeper (Bajpayee), spends his time watching people through hidden cameras. When he overhears a boy being beaten, his search for the boy leads to reality crumbling around him, as he is lost in the maze of the city and his own mind.

Streaming until 30 September 2021:

 

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

MA15+
USA, 1991
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Eleanor Coppola, Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper
Starring: Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando
What's it about?
This documentary chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's war movie masterpiece Apocalypse Now was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems, which nearly destroyed the life and career of the celebrated director.

Streaming until September 30, 2021: 

 

Kundun

PG
USA, Monaco, Morocco, 1997
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: English, Tibetan, Mandarin
Director: Martin Scoresese
Starring: Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin
What's it about?
In 1937, a two year old boy from a simple family is recognised as Kundun, the fourteenth reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and political leader of Tibet Educated by the monks. The film charts his extraordinary growth into a figure who raises the world’s consciousness about the Buddhist society of the spirit, the plight of Tibet, and the sufferings endured by his people with unspeakable grace and dignity. From legendary director Martin Scorsese.

Streaming until 30 September 2021:

 

Lemon Tree

PG
France, Israel, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew, Arabic, English
Director: Eran Riklis
Starring: Hiam Abbass, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Ali Suliman
What's it about?
Salma (Abbass) is a Palestinian woman who lives at the border of Israel and the West Bank, and she finds that her beloved lemon trees are in danger of being taken away at the request of her new neighbor, the Israeli defence minster. As Salma takes her fight to Israel’s highest court, she also develops a friendship with the government official’s frustrated wife. 

Streaming until 30 September 2021:

 

The Lovers on the Bridge

MA15+
France, 1991
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Leos Carax
Starring: Denis Lavant, Juliette Binoche, Klaus-Michael Grüber, Marion Stalens
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 (Lavant), a would be circus performer addicted to alcohol and sedatives and Michele (Binoche), 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, writer/director of Holy Motors and the highly anticipated Annette (starring Marion Cotillard & Adam Driver).

Streaming until 30 September 2021:

 

The Man from Hong Kong

MA15+
Australia, Hong Kong, 1975
Genre: Action, Crime
Language: English
Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Starring: Jimmy Wang Yu, George Lazenby, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Sammo Hung
What's it about?
Australian authorities arrest a man believed to be connected to the Sydney criminal underworld and send for Inspector Fang Sing Leng (Jimmy Wang Yu) from Hong Kong to question him. After the alleged criminal is assassinated, Inspector Leng and the Sydney police try to hunt down those responsible and hope to solve their case along the way. This classic ‘Ozploitation’ action film is from prolific genre maestro Brian Trenchard-Smith (BMX Bandits, Turkey Shoot).

Streaming until 30 September 2021:

 

The Names of Love

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 until 30 September 2021:

 

Our Little Sister

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).

Streaming until 30 September 2021
REVIEW
Our Little Sister review: Shades of Ozu in classic family drama
An elegant domestic drama

 

Purple Butterfly

MA15+
China, France, 2003
Genre: Drama
Language: Mandarin, Japanese, Vietnamese
Director: Lou Ye
Starring: Ziyi Zhang, Tôru Nakamura, Ye Liu
What's it about?
Manchuria 1927. Itami (Nakamura), a young Japanese man, falls deeply in love with Cynthia (Zhang Ziyi), a beautiful Chinese girl. Their brief happiness ends when Itami returns home for military service. Three years later, Shanghai is occupied by Japan, and they find themselves on opposite sides of the political struggle. 

Streaming until September 30, 2021:

 

Styx

M
Austria, Germany, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: German, English
Director: Wolfgang Fischer
Starring: Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa, Kelvin Mutuku Ndinda, Inga Birkenfeld
What's it about?
Rike (Wolff) intends to use her much-needed annual leave to realise her dream of sailing alone from Gibraltar to Ascension, a small tropical island in the middle of the Atlantic. Her desire for a carefree holiday seems to be until after a storm, her beautiful adventure suddenly turns into an unprecedented challenge when she spots a badly damaged, overloaded refugee boat nearby.

Streaming until 30 September 2021:
REVIEW
'Styx': Lean, Gripping, Topical Drama At Sea
Susanne Wolff thrills in Wolfgang Fischer's visceral, oceanic allegory about personal responsibility in the face of the refugee crisis.
 

Three Times

PG
Taiwan, France, 2005
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: Mandarin, Min Nan
Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Starring: Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Mei Fang, Su-jen Liao, Mei Di, Chen Shi-Zheng
What's it about?
This sensual triptych offers three intimate stories of love and memory over three different time periods (1911, 1966 and 2005), each focusing on a couple played by the same two actors (Shu Qi & Chang Chen). In "A Time for Love" set in 1966, a soldier searches for a young woman he met one afternoon playing pool; "A Time for Freedom," set in a bordello in 1911, revolves around a singer's longing to escape her surroundings; "A Time for Youth" set in 2005 Taipei, depicts a triangle in which a singer has an affair with a photographer while her partner suffers. The triptych structure was an admitted influence for director Barry Jenkins' Best Picture-winner Moonlight (2016).

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Shu Qi in Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 'Three Times', now streaming at SBS On Demand alongside three other films from the acclaimed Taiwanese director.

 

Upside Down

M
Canada, France, 2012
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction, Drama, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Juan Diego Solanas
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Jim Sturgess, Timothy Spall, James Kidnie, Holly Uloth
What's it about?
In an alternate universe where twinned worlds have opposite gravities, a young man battles interplanetary prejudice and the laws of physics in his quest to reunite with the long-lost girl of his dreams in this visually stunning romantic adventure that poses the question: what if love was stronger than gravity?

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Wadjda

PG
Saudi Arabia, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Starring: Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Reem Abdullah
What's it about?
A rebellious Saudi girl (Mohammed) enters a Koran recitation competition at her school and hopes to win enough money to buy her own bicycle. The story is tailored to highlight the pressures and difficulties faced by women in Saudi Arabia, with a rare glimpse into the lives of women behind closed doors and the warm relationships between mothers and daughters. Nominated for a 2013 BAFTA award for Best Film Not In The English Language.

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We Need to Talk About Kevin

MA15+
UK, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Starring: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Ashley Gerasimovich
What's it about?
Eva (Swinton) gives up her beloved freedom and bohemian lifestyle to have a child with her husband, Franklin (Reilly). Pregnancy does not seem to agree with Eva, but what's worse, when she does give birth to a baby boy named Kevin (later played by Miller), she can't seem to bond with him. When Kevin grows from a fussy, demanding toddler into a sociopathic teen, Eva is forced to deal with the aftermath of her son's horrific act. Based on the bestselling novel by Lionel Shriver and directed by Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really HereMorvern Callar).

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