MONDAY GARDEN STATE
8.30PM, SBS2 ★★★★
A struggling actor weaning himself off a dependence on anti-depressants returns home after a nine-year absence to attend his mother’s funeral. The most mature, rewarding and downright soulful American film of 2004 marked the arrival of its writer-director and star Zach Braff as a filmmaking force to be reckoned with. A bittersweet, low-key comedy-drama that excels in every department. Highly recommended. Co-stars Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard.