Thursday 14 December 2017

Film Highlights Saturday

The Big Picture (2010)

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BBC2, 1.05am

Based on a novel by Douglas Kennedy, Eric Lartigau's clever but convoluted thriller stars Romain Duris as Paul Exben, a high-flying Parisian lawyer who's poised for big promotion when he finds out his wife is having an affair with a local photographer called Gregoire.

When Paul decides to confront Gregoire, the two men fight and Paul accidentally kills him. Stricken with remorse, Paul makes a fateful decision to disappear from his own life, fleeing to the Balkans and taking on the new man's identity.

This desperate plan lands him in all sorts of trouble, but also provokes a spiritual awakening. 'The Big Picture' looks nice, and there are good supporting performances from Catherine Deneuve (above) as Anne and Niels Arestrup as Bartholme, but Douglas Kennedy's story is less substantial than it seems.

First Knight (1995)

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RTE One, 2.20pm

Richard Gere looks faintly ridiculous in a suit of armour, but nevertheless heads the cast of this stilted Medieval drama. He's Lancelot, who makes the big mistake of falling in love with King Arthur's beautiful bride-to-be Guinevere just as a violent warlord is preparing to invade the kingdom.

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

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UTV, 3.35pm

In the last of the original 'Star Wars' trilogy, Luke leads an assault on the lair of Jabba the Hutt to release the frozen Han Solo before setting out to attack the Emperor's new Death Star and face a final confrontation with Darth Vader. Mark Hamill stars.

Devil (2010)

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Channel 4, 10.55pm

In this passable supernatural thriller written by M. Night Shyamalan, a group of strangers trapped inside a skyscraper elevator become convinced that the Devil is among them. Chris Messina, Jenny O'Hara, Bojana Novakovic and Logan Marshall-Green star, and John Erick Dowdle directs.

Bright Star (2009)

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BBC2, 11.15pm

Jane Campion's handsome, worthy period drama stars Ben Whishaw as the poet John Keats, who moves to Hampstead Heath in 1818 and forms a passionate but chaste attachment with a spirited young woman called Fanny Brawne. With Abbie Cornish.

Song for a Raggy Boy (2003)

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RTE One, 11.55pm

Aidan Quinn stars in this gritty drama directed by Aisling Walsh and set in an Irish industrial school in the 1930s. Quinn is William Franklin, an idealistic teacher who is so shocked by the casual brutality at the St Judes Reformatory School that he sets out to do something about it. With Marc Warren, Stuart Graham and Iain Glen.

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