• L-R: Collective, Rosie, A Ghost Story, Room in Rome (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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25 Nov 2021 - 4:17 PM  UPDATED 26 Nov 2021 - 5:41 PM

FOR THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV
TV Movie Guide: November 29 - December 5
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.

  • Audio Description (AD) available for Alex & Eve, The Jane Austen Book Club, The Iron Lady, The Ides of March and Rosie
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for The Jane Austen Book Club, The Ides of March and Room in Rome

 

MONDAY 29 NOVEMBER

Alex & Eve
7:50pm

MA15+, AD
Australia, 2016
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Peter Andrikidis
Starring: Richard Brancatisano, Andrea Dimitriades, Ryan O'Kane, Simon Elrahi
What's it about?
Alex (Brancatisano) is a handsome schoolteacher in his mid-thirties, whose parents want him to marry a good Greek girl. But Alex falls hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Eve (Dimitriades), a lawyer, whose parents are Lebanese Muslim. Like oil and water, the two should never mix, only how can they stop themselves from falling in love? A family comedy about dating in a multicultural world.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Alex & Eve

Collective
9:30pm

MA15+
Romania, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Romanian
Director: Alexander Nanau
What's it about?
In 2015, a fire at Bucharest's Colectiv club left 27 dead and 180 injured. Soon, more burn victims began dying in hospitals from wounds that were not life-threatening. These revelations were brought to the attention of a crack team of investigators at the Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor, who begin to uncover a vast health-care fraud that enriched moguls and politicians and led to the deaths of innocent citizens. Nominated for Academy Awards for both Best International Feature Film and Best Documentary Feature.

 

TUESDAY 30 NOVEMBER

Night Train to Lisbon
7:30pm

M
Germany, 2013
Genre: Romance, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Bille August
Starring: Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz, Mélanie Laurent
What's it about?
Raimund Gregorius (Irons) is a Latin teacher from Berne. When he encounters a book by the Portuguese poet and doctor Amadeu de Prado, he drops everything and takes the night train to Lisbon. He is determined to find out more about this writer who appears to have been obsessed by the very same questions that plague him: the purpose of human deeds and the unrealised potential of each and every life. From two-time Palme d'Or-winning director Bille August (The Best Intentions, Pelle the Conqueror).

The Special Relationship
9:35pm

M
UK, USA, 2010
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Richard Loncraine
Starring: Michael Sheen, Dennis Quaid, Hope Davis, Helen McCrory, Adam Godley
What's it about?
A dramatisation that follows Tony Blair's journey from political understudy waiting in the wings of the world arena to accomplished prime minister standing confidently in the spotlight of centre stage. It is a story about relationships, between two powerful men (Blair and Bill Clinton), two powerful couples, and husbands and wives. The third film in writer Peter Morgan's unofficial "Blair trilogy", following 2003's The Deal and 2006's The Queen.

 

WEDNESDAY 1 DECEMBER

The Jane Austen Book Club
7:30pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2007
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Robin Swicord
Starring: Kathy Baker, Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Amy Brenneman, Hugh Dancy
What's it about?
A group of women and a man who meet regularly to discuss the works of the novelist Jane Austen, soon discover their lives are playing out much like one of the author's fictional worlds. Among the members of the club are Sylvia (Brenneman), a recent divorcee, Bernadette (Baker) who has decided to accept her advancing age, and Prudie (Blunt) who feels guilty about her persistent fantasies of cheating on her loving husband.

Rendition
9:30pm

M
USA, 2008
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Gavin Hood
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Reese Witherspoon, Alan Arkin, Meryl Streep
What's it about?
Isabella El-Ibrahimi (Witherspoon), the wife of an Egyptian-born engineer, tries desperately to track down her husband after he disappears on an international flight. Meanwhile, a CIA analyst's (Gyllenhaal) world spins out of control as he witnesses the engineer's interrogation and torture at the hands of the secret police. Directed by Gavid Hood (Tsotsi).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

THURSDAY 2 DECEMBER

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 The Old Man and the Gun and The Green Knight.

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.

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House
9:30pm

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Peter Landesman
Starring: Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Maika Monroe, Julian Morris, Josh Lucas
What's it about?
The story of FBI special agent Mark Felt (Neeson), who under the name 'Deep Throat', helped The Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward (Morris) and Carl Bernstein uncover the Watergate scandal in 1972. In the process, Felt risked and ultimately sacrificed everything, including his family and career, to bring what he knew to light.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

FRIDAY 3 DECEMBER

Source Code
7:50pm

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:

The Iron Lady
9:30pm

M, AD
UK, 2011
Genre: Drama, History, Biography
Language: English
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Starring: Meryl Streep, Anthony Head, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Olivia Colman
What's it about?
An intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher (played by Streep in an Oscar-winning performance), leader of the UK's Conservative Party from 1979-1990 and the first and only female Prime Minister of The United Kingdom. The film's story is related by an elderly Thatcher talking to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British Prime Minister, intervene. Screenplay by Abi Morgan (ShameBrick LaneSuffragette).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SATURDAY 4 DECEMBER

Swallows and Amazons
6:40pm

PG
UK, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Family
Language: English
Director: Philippa Lowthorpe
Starring: Dane Hughes, Orla Hill, Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen, Bobby McCulloch
What's it about?
Four children dream of escaping the tedium of a summer holiday with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own on an island in the middle of a vast lake, they are overjoyed. But when they get there they discover they may not be alone… The battle for ownership of a lonely island teaches them the skills of survival, the value of friendship and the importance of holding your nerve.

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The Ides of March
8:30pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: George Clooney
Starring: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei
What's it about?
Idealistic campaign worker Stephen Meyers (Gosling) has sworn to give all for Governor Mike Morris (Clooney), a wild card presidential candidate whose ground-breaking ideas could change the political landscape. However, a brutal Ohio primary threatens to test Morris' integrity, while Meyers finds himself caught up in a scandal involving a young intern (Wood). An enthralling political thriller directed by George Clooney (whose other directorial efforts include Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Good Night & Good Luck).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
The Ides of March Review
Clooney dives into dirty politics with aplomb.

Room in Rome
10:25pm

MA15+, CC
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, The Skin I Live In) seduces Natasha (Yarovenko) in a bar, the two women agree to limit their passionate affair to a one-night encounter. However, as they begin to slowly reveal their true selves to each other, their lust is met with deeper emotions that open the door for what evolves into a poignant character study. Directed by Julio Medem (Sex & Lucia, Lovers of the Arctic Circle) and nominated for four Spanish Goya Awards in 2011.

 

SUNDAY 5 DECEMBER

Rosie
6:50pm

PG, AD
Ireland, 2019
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Paddy Breathnach
Starring: Sarah Greene, Moe Dunford, Ellie O'Halloran, Ruby Dunne, Darragh Mckenzie
What's it about?
A mother (Greene) strives to shield her young family from their new reality when their landlord sells the property and renders them homeless. Screenplay by celebrated author Roddy Doyle (The Commitments) and nominated for nine 2019 Irish Film and Television Awards.

Disorder
8:30pm

MA15+
Belgium, France, 2015
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: French
Director: Alice Winocour
Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger, Paul Hamy, Victor Pontecorvo
What's it about?
Vincent (Schoenaerts), a French Special Forces soldier just back from Afghanistan, is suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder. He is hired to ensure the security of Jessie (Kruger), the wife of a rich Lebanese businessman at their luxurious villa 'Maryland'. As he starts experiencing a strange fascination for the woman he has to protect, Vincent increasingly seems to fall into paranoia. Unless he is right, and the danger is very real indeed.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger in 'Disorder', written & directed by Alice Winocour (2015)
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Aloys
10:20pm

M
Switzerland, France, 2016
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: German
Director: Tobias Nölle
Starring: Georg Friedrich, Tilde von Overbeck, Kamil Krejčí, Yufei Lee, Koi Lee
What's it about?
Aloys Adorn (Friedrich) is a middle-aged private detective who lives through a video camera which records 24 hours a day, and a massive collection of surveillance tapes he obsessively watches at home. After a night of heavy drinking, Aloys wakes up on a bus to find that his camera and precious observation tapes have been stolen. Soon after, a mysterious woman calls to blackmail him. She offers to return the tapes if Aloys joins her to try an obscure Japanese activity called 'telephone walking'.

Aloys

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