WEEK IN MOVIES
WITH LEIGH PAATSCH
28 DAYS LATER 11PM, TEN A truly innovative and disturbing horror fantasy about a modern-day England totally ravaged by plague. Cillian Murphy ( Disco Pigs) is a bicycle courier who awakes from a coma to discover everyone in London and possibly the entire country has disappeared. Directed with frightening authenticity by Danny Boyle ( Trainspotting).
THE DINNER GUEST 1.45AM, SBS2 A slapdash French comedy about an unemployed toy train enthusiast and his bungling efforts to impress a prospective employer. A light snack that most viewers will find hard to swallow. Stars Daniel Auteuil.
THE GODFATHER 11.20PM, ABC Snapping off the twigs of an Italian-American family tree one by one, director Francis Ford Coppola paints an unflinching picture of how absolute power can corrupt absolutely. The big trifecta of what makes a good film great – direction, script and performance – achieves the maximum payoff possible in The Godfather (and The Godfather 2). Simply untouchable.
IDA 11.10PM, SBS1 A young woman orphaned at an early age is about to become a nun. When word surfaces Ida (an astonishing performance by newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska) has one surviving relative, she is instructed to leave the convent to learn a little about herself. No, make that a lot. Though shot in a starkly foreboding black-and-white, the film’s seemingly rigid limitations turn out to be anything but. The word
“masterpiece” is never to be used lightly. However, when a film hits as hard as Ida, the accolade is more than apt.
THE BOYS ARE BACK NOON, SEVEN Nice if needless tale of a grieving widower (Clive Owen) fumbling for the parenting skills needed to rear a six-year-old son he doesn’t really know. Laidback, perhaps too much so for its own good. Directed by Scott Hicks ( Shine).
On song: Marion Cotillard delivers a powerhouse performance as singer Edith Piaf in LaVieEnRose.