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.
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