FILMS OF THE WEEK

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In­vic­tus

Satur­day, RTÉ2, 8.30pm

Clint East­wood and rugby union. Now there’s two things you would never have put to­gether – un­til the re­lease of this film, that is. De­spite be­ing a mi­nor­ity sport in Amer­ica, East­wood brings it to the screen with some skill, although ad­mit­tedly, there’s far more to the story than tries and penalty kicks. The tale fo­cuses on newly elected Pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela’s ef­forts to unite South Africa, us­ing his na­tion’s host­ing of the 1995 rugby world cup to do so. Mor­gan Free­man de­liv­ers a mar­vel­lous per­for­mance as Man­dela, while Matt Da­mon ( above, with Free­man) is ef­fec­tive as Spring­boks cap­tain Fran­cois Pien­aar.

Changeling

Mon­day, Vir­gin Three, 8pm

An­other Clint East­wood di­rec­to­rial ef­fort in­spired by a true story, this time star­ring An­gelina Jolie and set in 1920s LA. She plays a sin­gle mother who is dis­traught when her son goes miss­ing. Af­ter months of search­ing, the po­lice claim to have found him, but she in­sists the boy is an im­poster. As she re­solves to prove the po­lice are try­ing to bury the case, they re­spond by slan­der­ing her as a hys­ter­i­cal and un­fit mother, lead­ing to her con­fine­ment in a men­tal hos­pi­tal.

The Usual Sus­pects

Fri­day, RTÉ One, 11.55pm

The term “mod­ern clas­sic” is rather overused and not al­ways de­served, but in the case, it’s very fit­ting in­deed. It tells the grip­ping story of a heist that has gone very wrong in­deed. Told in flash­back, it re­veals how the crim­i­nals in­volved met and the in­flu­ence of the mys­te­ri­ous Keyser Söze. To say more threat­ens to give away too much in­for­ma­tion that may spoil your en­joy­ment. Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey ( be­low right, in an Os­car- win­ning role) and Beni­cio Del Toro head the cast.

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