Sunday Times

Things to stream

- By Tymon Smith

IF YOU HAVE 1HOUR Showmax

The Weight of Gold

Winning an Olympic gold medal is the highest athletic achievemen­t, turning already extraordin­ary athletes into gods. But what happens once you’ve scaled this ultimate peak? According to Michael Phelps, who forms the main anchor for this HBO sports documentar­y, winning the gold is not always everything it’s cracked up to be and even immortals face the difficult mental health challenges that afflict so many of us mere mortals.

IF YOU

90 HAVE MINUTES

Three Identical Strangers Netflix Tim Wardie’s 2018 documentar­y presents a story so crazy and surreal it could only be true. The story of identical triplets separated at birth and raised by three different families who discover and find each other years later to the wonder of the world’s media, only to find out that there’s an even deeper and darker secret to their story. This will have terrible repercussi­ons and throw their entire sense of who they really are into doubt.

IF YOU HAVE 2HOURS

Code Unknown Mubi.com Maverick director Michael Haneke’s first French film is now 21 years old but its examinatio­n of the alienation, racism and rage that boils under the respectabl­e façade of Paris seems even more relevant and gut-wrenching now. Starring Juliette Binoche, it’s an increasing­ly psychologi­cally horrific examinatio­n of the ripple effects of one seemingly banal incident on the lives of those who witness and participat­e in it. The film asks big questions about who we really are and how we construct our social identities in relation to those around us.

IF YOU HAVE 3 HOURS

Sky Rojo Netflix

The creators of the runaway Spanish series Money Heist offer plenty of action, smart one-liners and memorable characters in this fastpaced action thriller series about three sex workers on the run after they kill their abusive pimp.

4 IF YOU HAVE HOURS

Under Suspicion: Uncovering the Wesphael Case Netflix

A true crime docuseries that examines the story behind the tabloid frenzy that surrounded the 2013 murder of the wife of shady Belgian politician Bernard Wesphael, who was the main suspect. Wesphael tells his story with a slippery self-serving egotism that’s both revolting and fascinatin­g and makes sifting the truth from the lies even harder than it was at the time.

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