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Sunday 15 December 2019

Film Highlights Friday

Shooting Dogs (2005)


BBC2, 12.05am

Michael Caton-Jones's hard-hitting drama is set in 1994 at the height of the Rwandan genocides, and is based on the experiences of David Belton, who reported on the atrocities.

Hugh Dancy plays an idealistic English teacher called Joe Connor who helps run a local school with a well-travelled and worldweary Catholic priest called Father Christopher (played by John Hurt). After the Hutu militias begin massacring innocent Tutsis, Joe and Father Christopher try to shelter 2,500 Tutsi refugees from the killing in their school.

But as the Hutu mob surrounds them, UN troops stand idly by, confining themselves to shooting dogs that prey on the corpses of the dead.

It's unsettling stuff, John Hurt is excellent as the despairing cleric, and Dominique Horwitz, Louis Mahoney and Nicola Walker co-star.

Meet the Fockers (2004)


TV3, 9.00pm

In this sequel to the hit comedy 'Meet the Parents', things do not go swimmingly when Pam and Greg bring together their parents in advance of their wedding, only for Pam's paranoid, ex-CIA father to be horrified by his future son-in-law's permissive and hippyish parents. With Ben Stiller.

Final Destination 3 (2006)


RTE Two, 9.15pm

Death is back and this time it's personal in this daft but enjoyable sequel. When a college girl called Wendy has a premonition about a roller coaster crash, she and her friends avoid a terrible accident – but Death is not amused, and pursues them. With Sam Easton and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

The Indian Fighter (1955)


TG4, 9.35pm

Kirk Douglas stars in this not especially politically correct western as Johnny Hawks, a trail guide who made his dubious name during the Indian Wars and must now escort an Oregon-bound wagon train through hostile Sioux territory. With Walter Matthau.

The Bourne Identity (2002)


UTV, 10.35pm

In the first of the hugely successful action films, Matt Damon stars as a man with no name but a surprising flair for violence who wakes up on a fishing boat with a gunshot wound and no idea how he got there. And with the CIA on his tail, he follows a trail of clues to a Swiss bank account to try and find out who he is.

Suzhou River (2000)


TG4, 11.40pm

Crime, poverty and unrequited love abound in Lou Ye's atmospheric, award-winning drama set along the muddy banks of the Suzhou, a polluted river that snakes its way through the industrial heart of the teeming metropolis of Shanghai. With Xun Zhou, Hongshen Jia and Anlain Yao.

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