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THIS WEEK’S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV (and SBS On Demand)

Closed Captions (CC) available for Calvary, Philomena, Brooklyn, Hunt For The WIlderpeople and The Broken Circle Breakdown

 

MONDAY 15 MARCH

The Mermaid
7:45pm

M
China, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Language: Mandarin
Director: Stephen Chow
Starring: Chao Deng, Show Lo, Yuqi Zhang, Yun Lin, Tsui Hark
What’s it about?
A playboy business tycoon, Liu Xuan (Chao Deng), purchases the Green Gulf, a wildlife reserve, for a sea reclamation project, and uses sonar technology to get rid of the sea life in the area. Unknown to him, the Green Gulf is the home of ‘merpeople’, and the sonar has caused many of them to succumb to illness or die. Xuan’s business ventures in the area are threatened when he crosses paths with the mermaid, Shan (Yun Lin), who is sent to avenge her people. From Stephen Chow, writer-director of Kung Fu Hustle.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

The Boxer
9:30pm

M
Ireland, 1997
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Jim Sheridan
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian Cox, Emily Watson, Ken Stott, Gerard McSorley
What’s it about?
Nineteen-year-old Danny Flynn (Day-Lewis) is imprisoned for his involvement with the IRA in Belfast. He leaves behind his family and his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Maggie Hamill (later played by Watson). Fourteen years later, Danny is released from prison and returns to his old working class neighbourhood to resume his life as a boxer. Written and directed by Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In The Name Of The Father).

David & Margaret review The Boxer – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ & ⭐⭐⭐1/2 (The Movie Show, Episode 05, 1998)

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

TUESDAY 16 MARCH

Elementary
7:30pm

M
France, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English, French
Director: Hélène Angel
Starring: Sara Forestier, Vincent Elbaz, Albert Cousi, Ghillas Bendjoudi, Guilaine Londez
What’s it about?
Florence (Forestier) is a school teacher devoted to her students. When she encounters young Sacha (Bendjoudi), a child with problems, she will do everything she can to help him, even to the point of neglecting her own children, her own life, and of questioning her vocation. Little by little Florence realises that learning has no age limit.

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Calvary
9:30pm

MA15+, CC
Ireland, UK, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Chris O’Dowd, Marie-Josée Croze, Dylan Moran
What’s it about?
Father James Lavelle (Gleeson) is a good-natured priest but finds himself being tormented by members of the local community. One day, when his life is threatened during a confession, the priest decides it’s time to fight back against the dark forces around him. From John Michael McDonagh, writer-director of The Guard.

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WEDNESDAY 17 MARCH

Song of Granite
7:40pm

M
Canada, Ireland, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Irish
Director: Pat Collins
Starring: Macdara Ó Fátharta, Mícheál Ó Confhaola, Jaren Cerf, Pól Ó Ceannabháín, Colm Seoighe
What’s it about?
The life story of traditional Irish folk singer Joe Heaney (played by Macdara O’Chonfhlaola in his ’40s and by Mícheál Ó Fátharta in his ’60s), who is estimated to have recorded in excess of 500 traditional Irish sean nós (‘old style’) songs. Heaney moved from Ireland to the UK, and then on to New York City, where he settled shortly after performing at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.

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Calm with Horses
9:30pm

MA15+
UK, Ireland, 2020
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Nick Rowland
Starring: Cosmo Jarvis, Barry Keoghan, Niamh Algar, Ned Dennehy, David Wilmot
What’s it about?
In darkest rural Ireland, ex-boxer Douglas ‘Arm’ Armstrong (Jarvis) has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family, whilst also trying to be a good father to his autistic five-year-old son, Jack. Torn between these two families, Arm’s loyalties are truly tested when he is asked to kill for the first time.

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THURSDAY 18 MARCH

The Drummer and the Keeper
7:50pm

M
Ireland, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Nick Kelly
Starring: Dermot Murphy, Jacob McCarthy, Adrian Hudson, Annie Ryan, Niamh Algar
What’s it about?
Tells the story of the unlikely friendship formed between two young men: Gabriel (Murphy), a reckless young drummer who revels in rejecting society’s rules and Christopher (McCarthy), a 17-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome, who yearns to fit in. This heartwarming story shows the strength of the human bond in the face of adversity.

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Philomena
9:30pm

M, CC
UK, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy-Clark, Mare Winningham
What’s it about?
When former journalist Martin Sixsmith (Coogan, who also co-wrote the film’s Oscar-nominated screenplay) is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena (Dench, in an Oscar-nominated performance), who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America.

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FRIDAY 19 MARCH

Swiss Army Man
7:40pm

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan
Starring: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Shane Carruth
What’s it about?
Alone on a tiny deserted island, Hank (Dano) has given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a dead body (Radcliffe) washes ashore, and he soon realises it may be his last opportunity to escape certain death. Armed with his new “friend” and an unusual bag of tricks, the duo go on an epic adventure to bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams (Winstead). This wildly original film won the Directing Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

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Brooklyn
9:30pm

M, CC
Ireland, Canada, 2015
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: John Crowley
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Emily Bett Rickards
What’s it about?
An Irish immigrant (Ronan) lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local (Cohen). When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Ronan) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Nick Hornby, from the novel by Colm Tóibín.)

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SATURDAY 20 MARCH

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
6:35pm

PG, CC
New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
What’s it about?
Written and directed by Taika Waititi (BoyJojo Rabbit), the film follows Ricky (Dennison), a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure. 

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All Is True
8:30pm

M
UK, 2018
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Kathryn Wilder, Lydia Wilson
What’s it about?
London, June 29th, 1613. The Globe Theatre, ran by the famous playwright William Shakespeare (Branagh), accidentally burns to ashes. Seriously affected, he stops writing and returns to his hometown, where his wife Anne (Dench) and daughters Judith (Wilder) and Susanna (Wilson) get surprised to hear he intends to stay there definitively, after two decades working in the capital, neglecting his sincere affections for them.

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Through The Fire
10:25pm

M
France, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Frédéric Tellier
Starring: Pierre Niney, Anaïs Demoustier, Damien Bonnard, Vincent Rottiers
What’s it about?
Franck (Niney) is a firefighter in Paris. He saves people. He lives at the station with his wife, who is about to have twins. He’s happy. During a call out to a fire, be puts himself in danger, to save his men. He’s going to have to learn to live again and accept to be the one being saved, this time.

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SUNDAY 21 MARCH

Flash Gordon
6:25pm

M
USA, 1980
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Mike Hodges
Starring: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow
What’s it about?
In this ’80s all-star camp classic, bored alien king Ming the Merciless (von Sydow) keeps the blues at bay by conjuring up a series of disasters on Earth. He doesn’t count on coming up against the star footballer and everyday hero Flash Gordon (Jones), who leads the charge to save the earth from certain destruction. Directed by Mike Hodges (Get Carter, Croupier).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

The Good Girls
8:30pm

M
Mexico, 2019
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Alejandra Márquez Abella
Starring: Ilse Salas, Flavio Medina, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Paulina Gaitán, Johanna Murillo
What’s it about?
A scathing and glamorous depiction of the wives of upper-class men in 1982 Mexico, inspired by the writings of famed contemporary satirist Guadalupe Loaeza. Sofia (Salas) lives in the prestigious Las Lomas neighbourhood where life is picture perfect and her biggest dream is to have Julio Iglesias sing at one of her shindigs. However, her cushy routine might be in for a rude awakening as the Mexican economy inches towards a debt crisis, and cracks slowly start to appear in Sofia’s perfect world.

The Broken Circle Breakdown
10:25pm

MA15+, CC
Belgium, Netherlands, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Flemish, English, Dutch
Director: Felix van Groeningen
Starring: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse
What’s it about?
Elise (Baetens) and Didier (Heldenbergh) have been together for seven passionate years. When their little girl Maybelle (Cattrysse) is diagnosed with a serious illness, all the turning points in their intense and moving relationship seem to flash by. 2013 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

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