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Ba­bies Be­hind Bars goes be­hind the scenes at the 10-mem­ber Wee Ones wing at In­di­ana Women’s Prison. Un­der the watch­ful, dead-eyed gaze of De­mo­li­tion no-non­sense guard Ms John, sev­eral young women are fol­lowed as they strug­gle to bond with their chil­dren and get along with each other in this nurs­ery pro­gram. There’s 36-year-old unit al­pha Brandi and her nine-month-old Ad­di­son; in­fant Abi­gail’s deeply re­li­gious mother Stephanie looks like a trou­ble­maker, while 22-year-old Tay­lor is preg­nant with twins. This all sounds ex­ploita­tive, yet there’s some­thing cu­mu­la­tively touch­ing about th­ese sto­ries of flawed lives re­deemed, even if mod­er­ately, by moth­er­hood. Jean-Marc Vallee is a French-Cana­dian writer/ di­rec­tor/ed­i­tor who has suc­cess­fully made the leap to Hol­ly­wood with such films as Dal­las Buy­ers Club, Wild and the re­cent Net­flix se­ries Big Lit­tle Lies. In be­tween the lat­ter two falls the un­set­tling 2015 drama De­mo­li­tion (Satur­day, 8.30pm, Foxtel Movies Pre­miere), a mostly pitch­per­fect drama about a suc­cess­ful stock­bro­ker (Jake Gyl­len­haal) who deals with the sud­den death of his wife by lit­er­ally tak­ing apart ev­ery­thing in his life. Provoca­tive and per­cep­tive, this is a rel­a­tively un­her­alded film worth the in­vest­ment. Among the very best films of the 1980s is Martin Scors­ese’s ki­netic black-and­white box­ing drama Rag­ing Bull (Sun­day, 8.30pm, Fox Clas­sics), star­ring Robert De Niro as the flawed but fas­ci­nat­ing boxer Jake LaMotta. De Niro is noth­ing short of as­ton­ish­ing in the part, and no­body at the time — or per­haps since — has made movies with the en­ergy and pas­sion of Scors­ese. For some­thing a bit off the beaten path, try the 2015 Nor­we­gian dis­as­ter drama The Wave (Satur­day, 8.30pm, World Movies), in which an ex­pe­ri­enced ge­ol­o­gist tries to save his fam­ily from a mas­sive tsunami. The spe­cial ef­fects are most ef­fec­tive, and so is the drama.

Naomi Watts, Jake Gyl­len­haal in

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