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

30 Nov 2021 - 6:35 PM  UPDATED 30 Nov 2021 - 6:39 PM

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

 

The Triplets of Belleville

PG
Belgium, 2003
Genre: Animation, Drama, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Sylvain Chomet
Voice Cast: Suzy Falk, Lina Boudreau, Betty Bonifassi, Michele Caucheteux, Jean-Claude Donda
What's it about?
When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters—an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire—to rescue him. Nominated for a 2004 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Streaming until December 1st:

 

Mission Mangal

PG
India, 2019
Genre: Drama, History
Language: Hindi
Director: Jagan Shakti
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari
What's it about?
A team of Indian scientists at ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) take on the extraordinary task of successfully sending a satellite into the orbit of planet Mars in a country's maiden attempt.

Streaming until December 1st:

 

Esteros

MA15+
Argentina, 2016
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Portuguese, International, Spanish
Director: Papu Curotto
Starring: Ignacio Rogers, Esteban Masturini, Joaquín Parada, Blas Finardi Niz, Renata Calmon
What's it about?
Matías and Jerónimo's childhood friendship transforms the summer before starting high school, when they both experience their sexual awakening. But Matías' father breaks up their relationship when he takes up a job in Brazil. More than ten years later, Matías returns to his old town and runs into Jerónimo, who now works as a biologist for a big company. Seeing his friend again reawakens his feelings and gives Matías the chance at real love.

Streaming until December 2nd:

 

Paper Moon

PG
USA, 1973
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Starring: Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, Randy Quaid
What's it about?
Played by real-life father and daughter Ryan and Tatum O'Neal (who won an Oscar for her performance, making her the youngest ever winner in any category), a bible salesman and a 9-year-old orphan girl team up to form a money-making con team in Depression-era Kansas. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich (What's Up Doc?The Last Picture Show).

Streaming until December 3rd:

 

Goal!

PG
UK, USA, 2005
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Danny Cannon
Starring: Kuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola, Anna Friel, Stephen Dillane, Gary Lewis
What's it about?
Santiago Muñez (Becker), a young immigrant living in the barrios of Los Angeles, has an impossible dream - to become a professional soccer player. Unexpectedly getting a tryout with one of England's premier football clubs, Newcastle United, Santiago finds himself totally alone in a world where soccer is a religion and the players are treated like gods.

Streaming until December 4th:

 

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. From Paolo Sorrentino, director The Great Beauty and The Young Pope.

Streaming until December 4th:

 

The Impossible

M
Spain, USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English, Thai
Director: J.A. Bayona
Starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin
What's it about?
Maria (Watts, in an Oscar-nominated performance) and Henry (McGregor) and their three sons begin the winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in a tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. Based on the true story of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. 

Streaming until December 4th:

 

The Young Victoria

PG
UK, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Mark Strong, Paul Bettany, Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson
What's it about?
Director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers ClubWildC.R.A.Z.Y.) takes the helm for this look at the turbulent early years of Queen Victoria (Blunt), who was crowned at the age of 18, and whose ill-fated marriage to Prince Albert would later prompt her into a life of mournful seclusion.

Streaming until December 4th:
REVIEW
The Young Victoria Review
Emily Blunt joins the ranks of great screen monarchs.

 

The Finishers

PG
France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Nils Tavernier
Starring: Fabien Héraud, Alexandra Lamy, Jacques Gamblin
What's it about?
Julien (Héraud) dreams of adventure. But when you live in a wheelchair, such dreams are difficult to fulfil. To do so, Julien challenges his father (Gamblin) to compete with him in the ‘Ironman’ triathlon in Nice. A whole family comes together and reconnects in an attempt to see this incredible exploit through. 

Streaming until December 5th:

 

Alex & Eve

MA15+
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 until December 6th:
Alex & Eve

 

Angel-A

M
France, 2005
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Rie Rasmussen, Jamel Debbouze, Gilbert Melki
What's it about?
Down on his luck, and up to his neck in debt, André (Amélie's Jamel Debbouze) decides it's easier to end it all than repay his loan-sharks. As he is about to launch himself from the Pont Neuf, he notices a fellow suicide—a gorgeous, statuesque blonde. Leaping into the Seine, André inadvertently gets himself a champion intent on cleaning up his life, in return for saving hers. From director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional).

Streaming until December 6th:

 

Waru

M
New Zealand, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Māori, English
Director: Briar Grace Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Chelsea Cohen, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Paula Whetu Jones
Starring: Tanea Heke, Roimata Fox, Ngapaki Moetara, Awhina-Rose Ashby, Maria Walker, Kararaina Rangihau, Merehaka Maaka, Acacia Hapi, Antonio Te Maioha, Miriama McDowell, Amber Curreen
What's it about?
From eight female Māori directors come eight connected stories (in Māori, waru means 8), each taking place at the same moment in time during the tangi (funeral) of a small boy, Waru, who has died at the hands of a caregiver. The eight stories are all subtly linked and follow different female characters as they come to terms with Waru’s death and try to find a way forward in their community.

Streaming until December 6th:

 

Cutthroat Island

PG
USA, 1995
Genre: Action, Adventure
Language: English, Latin
Director: Renny Harlin
Starring: Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank Langella, Maury Chaykin
What's it about?
Morgan Adams (Davis) and her slave, William Shaw (Modine), are on a quest to recover the three portions of a treasure map. Unfortunately, the final portion is held by her murderous uncle, Dawg. Her crew is skeptical of her leadership abilities, so she must complete her quest before they mutiny against her. This is made yet more difficult by the efforts of the British crown to end her pirate raids.

Streaming until December 7th:

 

Erik & Erika

MA15+
Austria, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: German
Director: Reinhold Bilgeri
Starring: Markus Freistätter, Birgit Melcher, Gerhard Liebmann, Anna Posch, Lili Epply
What's it about?
Erik/Erika Schinegger - the ski sensation that became media sensation. As Erika she was celebrated. As newly discovered Erik repudiated and accused of fraud. A true story about the injustice of nature, the taboo topics in Austria in the 1970s.

Streaming until December 7th:
Erik & Erika

 

Red Cliff - Part 1

M
China, 2008
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Language: Mandarin
Director: John Woo
Starring: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, Chiling Lin
What's it about?
An epic film based on the legendary Battle of Red Cliff, in which a force of 50,000 defeated an army of nearly 1 million. In the final days of the Han Dynasty,  a shrewd convinced the fickle Emperor that the only way to unite all of China was to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus began a military campaign of unprecedented scale. From legendary Hong Kong director John Woo (Hard-Boiled, Face-Off).

Streaming until December 7th:

 

Black Souls

MA15+
France, Italy, 2014
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: Italian
Director: Francesco Munzi
Starring: Marco Leonardi, Peppino Mazzotta, Fabrizio Ferracane, Barbora Bobulova
What's it about?
Eldest brother and goat farmer, Luciano, has turned his back on the family drug operation his 20-year-old son Leo finds so appealing. But a careless act by Leo, aspiring to his uncles' lifestyles, pulls the whole family into a simmering feud. Anywhere else, it would have been dismissed as nothing more than youthful foolishness. But not in Calabria, and especially not in Aspromonte. Instead, it is the spark that lights the fire.

Streaming until December 8th:
REVIEW
Black Souls review: Tradition is a heartache
Francesco Munzi doesn’t care much about plot, suspense or the tradition of the crime film. Instead, this a portrait of a society that feeds its own destruction.

 

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).

Streaming until December 8th:
David Bowie in Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence

 

Rendition

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 from December 1st until December 8th:

 

The Wedding Guest

M
UK, 2019
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Dev Patel, Radhika Apte, Jim Sarbh, Harish Khanna, Nish Nathwani
What's it about?
Jay (Patel) is a man with a secret who travels from Britain to Pakistan to attend a wedding—armed with duct tape, a shotgun, and a plan to kidnap the bride-to-be. Jay and his hostage end up on the run across the border and through the railway stations, back alleys, and black markets of New Delhi. Director by Michael Winterbottom (The Claim, 24 Hour Party People).

Streaming until December 8th:

 

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 December 9th:
From 'Beanpole', the second feature from Russian director Kantemir Balagov
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Rojo

MA15+
Argentina, 2018
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Language: Spanish
Director: Benjamín Naishtat
Starring: Darío Grandinetti, Andrea Frigerio, Alfredo Castro, Laura Grandinetti
What's it about?
Claudio (Grandinetti) is a well-known lawyer and pillar of his community in the Granada of 1975, where the unease of the impending coup d'etat is already hanging heavy in the air. After a heated altercation with a menacing man at a restaurant, Claudio and his wife Susana will meet the same stranger on their way home - an encounter that starts the lawyer out on an unthinkable road of no-return littered with death, secrets and silences.

Streaming until December 9th:

 

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 December 9th:

 

The Bélier Family

M
France, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Eric Lartigau
Starring: Karin Viard, François Damiens, Eric Elmosnino, Louane Emera
What's it about?
The whole Bélier family is deaf, except for sixteen-year-old Paula (Emera) who is the important translator in her parents' day to day life especially when it comes to matters concerning the family farm. When her music teacher discovers she has a fantastic singing voice and she gets an opportunity to enter a big Radio France contest the whole family's future is set up for big changes.

Streaming until December 10th:

 

The Wife

M
Sweden, UK, USA, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Swedish
Director: Bjorn Runge
Starring: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons, Harry Lloyd
What's it about?
As her husband Joe (Pryce) is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, in honour of his acclaimed and prolific body of work, Joan (Close, who earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress) ruminates over shared compromises, secrets and betrayals.

Streaming until December 10th:

 

The Eagle Has Landed

PG
UK, 1976
Genre: War, Adventure, Thriller
Language: English, German, Polish
Director: John Sturges
Starring: Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall, Jenny Agutter, Donald Pleasence
What's it about?
When the Nazi high command learns in late 1943 that Winston Churchill will be spending time at a country estate in Norfolk, it hatches an audacious scheme to kidnap the prime minister and spirit him to Germany for enforced negotiations with Hitler.

Streaming until December 12th:

 

The Pianist

MA15+
France, Poland, UK, 2002
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English, German, Russian
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Adrien Brody, Maureen Lipman, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox, Frank Finlay
What's it about?
Wladyslaw Szpilman (Brody), a Polish Jewish radio station pianist, sees Warsaw change gradually as World War II begins. Szpilman is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto, but is later separated from his family during Operation Reinhard. From this time until the concentration camp prisoners are released, Szpilman hides in various locations among the ruins of Warsaw. Winner of the Palme D'Or at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and Best Actor (Brody) at the 2003 Academy Awards.

Streaming until December 13th:

 

Apocalypse Now Redux

MA15+
USA, 1979
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English, French, Cambodian, Vietnamese
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburne
What's it about?
At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard (Sheen) is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz (Brando), who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather trilogy, The Conversation), and loosely based on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

Streaming until December 14th:

 

At Eternity's Gate

PG
USA, France, Ireland, Switzerland, UK, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English, French
Director: Julian Schnabel
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen, Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Niels Arestrup, Anne Consigny, Amira Casar, Louis Garrel
What's it about?
Famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh (Dafoe) spends his final years in Arles, France, painting masterworks of the natural world that surrounds him. Directed by acclaimed artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel (BasquiatBefore Night FallsThe Diving Bell & The Butterfly).

Streaming until December 14th:

 

Black Narcissus

M
UK, 1947
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Hindi
Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Starring: Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Kathleen Byron, SABU, Jean Simmons
What's it about?
A group of Anglican nuns, led by Sister Clodagh, are sent to a mountain in the Himalayas. The climate in the region is hostile and the nuns are housed in an odd old palace. They work to establish a school and a hospital, but slowly their focus shifts. Sister Ruth falls for a government worker, Mr. Dean, and begins to question her vow of celibacy. As Sister Ruth obsesses over Mr. Dean, Sister Clodagh becomes immersed in her own memories of love.

Streaming until December 14th:

 

Maliglutit (The Searchers)

M
Canada, 2016
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Language: Inuktitut
Director: Zacharias Kunuk
Starring: Benjamin Kunuk, Joey Sarpinak, Jocelyne Immaroitok, Karen Ivalu
What's it about?
Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) returns with this Arctic epic inspired by the classic John Ford western The Searchers, about a vengeful husband who sets off in pursuit of the violent men who kidnapped his wife and destroyed his home.

Streaming until December 14th:

 

Dom Hemingway

MA15+
UK, 2013
Genre: Crime, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Shepard
Starring: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Emilia Clarke
What's it about?
Dom Hemingway (Law) is an infamous safe-cracker, who has spent 12 years in prison to avoid ratting on any of his cohorts. On his release Dom expects to be rewarded for keeping this mouth shut, so along with his faithful best friend Dickie, they travel to France to find the crime boss he holds responsible for his time away. Only an alcohol and drug binge mixed with a car accident and an encounter with a mysterious lady leads Dom down another path: towards his estranged daughter (Clarke).

Streaming until December 15th:
REVIEW
Jude Law on the challenge of playing outrageous ex-con 'Dom Hemingway'
The Brit actor takes on a rare lead role as an ex-con safecracker for American writer-director Richard Shepard.

 

A Private Function

M
UK, 1984
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Malcolm Mowbray
Starring: Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Richard Griffiths, Denholm Elliott, Pete Postlethwaite
What's it about?
In the summer of 1947, Britain prepares to commemorate the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. To get around food-rationing laws, Dr. Charles Swaby (Elliott), accountant Henry Allardyce (Alison Steadman) and solicitor Frank Lockwood (John Normington) are fattening a black-market pig for the big day. Egged on by his wife Joyce (Smith), meek Gilbert Chilvers (Palin) steals the swine, but the couple must conceal it from inspector Morris Wormold (Bill Paterson).

Streaming until December 16th: 

 

Dheepan

MA15+
France, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Tamil, French
Director: Jacques Audiard
Starring: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby
What's it about?
Three strangers in conflict-ridden northern Sri Lanka band together as a makeshift family in order to flee to the suburbs of Paris: Dheepan, an ex-Tamil Tiger (Jesuthasan; author, activist, and former child soldier); lost young woman Yalini (Srinivasan); and orphan girl Illayaal (Vinasithamby). As they struggle to find stability, they are forced to improvise their relationships. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Streaming until December 16th:
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Astérix and Obélix in Britain

PG
France, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Family, Adventure
Language: French
Director: Laurent Tirard
Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Edouard Baer, Catherine Deneuve, Fabrice Luchini, Jean Rochefort
What's it about?
Edouard Baer and Gerard Depardieu star as comic book duo Asterix and Obelix in this zany adventure, which sees Asterix cross the channel to help his second-cousin Anticlimax face Caesar and the invading Romans. 

Streaming until December 17th:

 

This Is England

MA15+
UK, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: England
Director: Shane Meadows
Starring: Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley
What's it about?
12-year-old Shaun (Turgoose) is an isolated lad growing up in a grim coastal town, whose father has died fighting in the Falklands war. Over the course of the summer holiday he finds fresh male role models when those in the local skinhead scene take him in. With his new friends Shaun discovers a world of parties, first love and the joys of Doc Martens boots.

Streaming until December 17th:
This Is England (2006)
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Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

M
UK, 2017
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Paul McGuigan
Starring: Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Stephen Graham
What's it about?
Based on Peter Turner's memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Bening) in 1978 Liverpool. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control.

Streaming until December 18th:

 

Two Days, One Night

M
Belgium, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Olivier Gourmet, Catherine Salée, Fabrizio Rongione
What's it about?
In an Academy-award nominated role, Marion Cotillard stars as Sandra, a young woman assisted by her husband, who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their much-needed bonuses so that she can keep her job. From the acclaimed, multiple-Cannes-prize-winning directing team the Dardenne brothers (The Child, The Kid With a Bike).

Streaming until December 18th:
REVIEW
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A United Kingdom

PG
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 December 19th:
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Priceless

M
France, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Pierre Salvadori
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Vernon Dobtcheff
What's it about?
Irène (Tautou) is an old-fashioned gold-digger, seducing rich older men in return for dresses, trinkets and baubles. When she mistakes shy barman Jean (Elmaleh) for one of her usual prey, she is abhorred to discover his lowly status and flees to the Riviera. Jean tags along hopefully but Irène proceeds to viciously bleed him dry before unceremoniously dumping him. But when a rich older woman adopts Jean as her plaything, Irène becomes intrigued and starts to instruct him in her dark arts.

Streaming until December 19th:

 

Harry Brown

MA15+
UK, 2009
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Daniel Barber
Starring: Michael Caine, Ben Drew, Jack O'Connell, Emily Mortimer
What's it about?
Harry Brown (Caine) is an elderly ex-marine living in a dingy English housing estate apartment. The escalating crime and violence has made him so frightened that he won’t even use the underpass near his home. Shortly after his wife dies, Harry's best friend is murdered, prompting Harry to seek revenge on the criminal lowlifes who have made his life hell. 

Streaming until December 20th:
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The Odyssey

PG
France, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Language: French, English
Director: Jerome Salle
Starring: Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, Audrey Tautou, Laurent Lucas
What's it about?
1948. Jacques Cousteau (Wilson), his wife SImone (Tautou) and his two sons are living in paradise, in a beautiful house overlooking the Mediterranean, but all Cousteau can think of is adventure. Thanks to his invention of an independent aqualung allowing divers to breathe under water, he has discovered a whole new world that he is willing to sacrifice everything to explore. 

Streaming until December 20th:

 

The Straight Story

G
USA, 1999
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Harry Dean Stanton
What's it about?
A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight (Farnsworth, in an Oscar-nominated performance) learns one day that his distant brother Lyle (Stanton) has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver's license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.

Streaming until December 20th:
REVIEW
Straight Story, The Review
"A most beautiful journey."

 

Farewell, My Queen

M
France, 2012
Genre: Drama, History
Language: French
Director: Benoét Jacquot
Starring: Léa Seydoux, Diane Kruger, Virginie Ledoyen
What's it about?
Based on the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas, Farewell, My Queen chronicles the final days of the French monarchy as seen through the eyes of one of Marie Antoinette’s ladies-in-waiting. Sidonie (Seydoux) is a seemingly innocent but shrewd servant to guileless Marie Antoinette (Kruger), working her way into her mistress favours before Revolution hijacks her fate.

Streaming until December 21st:
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Molly's Game

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Jeremy Strong, Chris O'Dowd
What's it about?
The true story of Molly Bloom (Chastain), the mastermind behind the world’s most exclusive and glamorous poker empire whose players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. When she is arrested in the middle of the night by FBI agents wielding automatic weapons, she turns to criminal defence lawyer, Charlie Jaffey (Elba), who learned that there was more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe. The directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin (writer of The Social Network and The West Wing).

Streaming until December 21st:

 

Churchill

PG
UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, Julian Wadham
What's it about?
June 1944. Allied Forces stand on the brink: a massive army is secretly assembled on the south coast of Britain, poised to re-take Nazi-occupied Europe. One man stands in their way: Winston Churchill (Cox). Behind the iconic figure and rousing speeches: a man who has faced political ridicule, military failure and a speech impediment.

Streaming until December 26th:

 

The Captain

MA15+
Germany, 2017
Genre: War, Drama, History
Language: German
Director: Robert Schwentke
Starring: Max Hubacher, Milan Peschel, Frederick Lau, Marko Dyrlich, David Scheller
What's it about?
Based on a true story. Soldier Willi Herold (Hubacher), a deserter of the German army, stumbles into a uniform of Nazi captain abandoned during the last and desperate weeks of the Third Reich in 1945. Newly emboldened by the allure of a suit that he has stolen only to stay warm, Willi discovers that many Germans will follow the leader, whoever he is.

Streaming until December 26th:
REVIEW
'The Captain' Presents Chilling, Lesser-Known Chapter Of WWII History
German director Robert Schwentke examines our troubling relationship with authority in the true story of an imposter who posed as a Nazi officer.

 

Watership Down

PG
USA, 1978
Genre: Animated
Language: English
Director: Martin Rosen
Starring (voice cast): John Hurt, Richard Briers, Ralph Richardson
What's it about?
The timeless animated classic based on the best-selling novel by Richard Adams. Threatened with destruction of their warren, the rabbits are forced to leave their idyllic home in search of a new one. Features Art Garfunkel's hit song "Bright Eyes".

Streaming until December 26th:

 

In the Fade

MA15+
France, Germany, 2017
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Language: English, German
Director: Fatih Akin
Starring: Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Numan Acar, Johannes Krisch, Ulrich Brandhoff
What's it about?
After two neo-Nazis kill a woman's (Kruger) husband and child, she seeks legal action when her world falls apart. As the two suspects stand trial for murder, her quest for justice soon pushes her to the edge. From acclaimed writer-director Fatih Akin (The Edge of HeavenHead-On) and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Streaming until December 28th:

 

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 December 29th:

 

Mon Oncle

G
France, 1958
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Jacques Tati
Starring: Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie
What's it about?
Genial, bumbling Monsieur Hulot loves his top-floor apartment in a grimy corner of the city, and cannot fathom why his sister's family has moved to the suburbs. Their house is an ultra-modern nightmare, which Hulot only visits for the sake of stealing away his rambunctious young nephew. Hulot's sister, however, wants to win him over to her new way of life, and conspires to set him up with a wife and job. Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Streaming until December 30th:

 

'71

MA15+
UK, 2014
Genre: Thriller, Action, War
Language: English
Director: Yann Demange
Starring: Jack O'Connell, Sean Harris, Paul Anderson, Sam Reid, Barry Keoghan
What's it about?
A young and disoriented British soldier (O'Connell, star of Starred Up and Unbroken) is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971, and must find his back way amongst the violence and chaos. Nominated for a BAFTA award for Best British Film.

Streaming until December 31st:
REVIEW
'71 movie review
Jack O’Connell Suffers (Again) and Shines in Northern Ireland Thriller ’71

 

Catch-22

M
USA, 1970
Genre: War, Comedy, Drama
Language: English, French, Italian
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin, Art Garfunkel, Jack Gilford
A bombardier in World War II tries desperately to escape the insanity of the war. However, sometimes insanity is the only sane way to cope with a crazy situation. Based on the novel by Joseph Heller, from director Mike Nichols (The GraduateWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?).

Streaming until December 31st:

 

Happy as Lazzaro

M
France, Italy, Switzerland, 2018
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: Italian
Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Starring: Adriano Tardiolo, Agnese Graziani, Tommaso Ragno, Alba Rohrwacher, Sergi López
What's it about?
This is the tale of a meeting between Lazzaro (Tardolio), a young peasant so good that he is often mistaken for simple-minded, and Tancredi (Ragno), a young nobleman cursed by his imagination. Written and directed by Alice Rohrwacher (The Wonders), who for this film won the Best Screenplay prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

Streaming until December 31st:

 

Lord of the Flies

PG
UK, 1963
Genre: Drama, Cult
Language: English
Director: Peter Brook
Starring: James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards
What's it about?
As war in Europe is about to erupt, a group of well-heeled British schoolboys are flown from London to a safe haven in the South Pacific but are forced to fend for themselves after their plane crashes on a remote island and the pilot is killed. Based on Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding's classic novel.

Streaming from December 3rd until December 31st:
REVIEW
Lord of the Flies Review
A bleak view of humanity through kids’ eyes.

 

My Big Gay Italian Wedding

M
Italy, 2018
Genre: Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Alessandro Genovesi
Starring: Diego Abatantuono, Monica Guerritore, Cristiano Caccamo, Salvatore Esposito
What's it about?
Antonio has finally found the love of his life, Paolo, with whom he lives happily in Berlin. Even if still not sure about their families' reactions, they decide to get married in Italy, in the small village from where Antonio's parents live. Tradition and modernity clash heads in this heart-warming film. Stars Cristiano Caccamo and Salvatore Esposito.

Streaming until December 31st:

 

Once Upon a Time in the West

M
USA, 1968
Genre: Western
Language: English
Director: Sergio Leone
Starring: Charles Bronson, Gabriele Ferzetti, Jason Robards, Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale
What's it about?
Morton (Ferzetti), the power-hungry owner of a railroad company, hires Frank (Fonda), a gunfighter without a conscience, to kill anyone who stands in the way of the completion of the railroad. After Frank murders land owner Brett McBain (Wolff), McBain's widow (Cardinale) hires two killers of her own to protect her and gain revenge: a mysterious, harmonica-playing desperado (Bronson) and his rogue sidekick (Robards).  

Streaming until December 31st:

 

Paint Your Wagon

PG
USA, 1969
Genre: Western, Music
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Joshua Logan
Starring: Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg, Ray Walston, Harve Presnell
What's it about?
A Michigan farmer and a prospector form a partnership in the California gold country. Their adventures include buying and sharing a wife, hijacking a stage, kidnapping six prostitutes, and turning their mining camp into a boom town. Along the way there is plenty of drinking, gambling, and singing. They even find time to do some creative gold mining.

Streaming until December 31st:

 

Pawn Sacrifice

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Tobey Maguire, Lily Rabe, Peter Sarsgaard, Liev Schreiber, Michael Stuhlbarg
What's it about?
During the Cold War chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer (Maguire) takes on Boris Spassky (Schreiber), the Soviet world champion. Though Fischer wants a normal match against his rival, the United States wants it to be seen as the Cold War played out on the chess board. All of this isn't helping the fact that Fischer is constantly dealing with paranoia. This is the world of chess like you've never seen it before.

Streaming until December 31st:

 

Son of Saul

M
Hungary, 2015
Genre: War, Drama
Language: German, Hungarian, Yiddish
Director: Laszlo Nemes
Starring: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn
What's it about?
Saul Auslander (Röhrig) is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from Auschwitz in 1944 who were forced to assist the Nazis by cremating the bodies of the dead. Saul discovers the corpse of a boy he believes is his young son. As the other Sonderkommando plan a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial. Winner of the 2015 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Streaming until December 31st:
REVIEW
Son of Saul review: An unforgettable experience
Singular perspective brings the horror of The Holocaust into sharp focus

 

Summer of '92

M
Denmark, UK, 2015
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Danish
Director: Kasper Barfoed
Starring: Ulrich Thomsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Cyron Melville, Esben Smed
What's it about?
In 1992, the Danish national football team have failed to qualify for the European Championship in Sweden. The players are already on holiday when they are called up in their summer residences with a surprising message: Yugoslavia was disqualified because of the war, and the Danes are set to replace them. Unprepared, and with only a week to get back into shape, Coach Richard Møller Nielsen has a daunting task ahead of him.

Streaming until December 31st:

 

The City of Lost Children

M
France, 1995
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Language: French
Director: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Ron Perlman, Judith Vittet, Jean-Claude Dreyfus
What's it about?
With this follow-up to the black comedy gem Delicatessen, directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie) and Marc Caro transport us to a dark and nightmarish universe where cynical adults long for the innocence of childhood. In a derelict port, a joyless genius has children abducted so their dreams can be harvested. It's left to the local circus strongman and an unusually mature street-kid to rescue their friends. 

Streaming from December 1st until December 31st:
REVIEW / INTERVIEWS
The City of Lost Children Review

 

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. 

Streaming from December 1st until December 31st:

 

The Sex of the Angels

MA15+
Spain, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Xavier Villaverde
Starring: Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Álvaro Cervantes, Llorenç González
What's it about?
Bruno (González) is a university student and struggling dancer who lives with his girlfriend Carla (Bergès-Frisbey), an aspiring photographer. Their relationship becomes complicated when fellow dancer Rai (Cervantes) moves in to their building and Bruno becomes instantly attracted to him.

Streaming until December 31st:

 

True Grit

G
USA, 1969
Genre: Western, Drama, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Henry Hathaway
Starring: John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper
What's it about?
The murder of her father sends a teenage tomboy (Darby) on a mission of justice, which involves avenging her father's death. She recruits a tough old marshal, 'Rooster' Cogburn (Wayne) because he has 'true grit', and a reputation of getting the job done. Remade by the Coen brothers in 2010.

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