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Thanks to God Almighty
In a departure from his usual psychological dramas, François Ozon’s 2018 film is a fact-based story about child abuse in the French Catholic Church. When Alexandre (Melviel Popod)’s devout father discovers that his attacker, Father Bernard Prinate, still works with the children and complains to his parish in Lyon, he receives sympathy but little action. When reported to the police, Alexandre inspired fellow victims François (Denis Menochet) and Emmanuel (Swann Arlaud) to expand the campaign as more crimes – and church coverage – emerged. This story was shot without emotion, and the emotional impact of this story comes from the devastating testimonies of men whose lives have been affected.
Saturday 30 April, 9pm, BBC 4
white and white day
Rural Iceland police officer Engimundur (Ingvar Sigurdsson) is on compassionate leave after his wife’s death in a car accident. He gets by – grumbling attends advice, repairs a house and takes care of his granddaughter Salka (a wonderful naturalist Ida Mekkín Hlynsdóttir). But when he discovers that his wife is having an affair, his stability begins to unravel. Hlynur Pálmason’s dark drama uses country landscapes and changing weather as reflections of Ingimundur’s state of mind, as his unresolved grief engulfed in rain, snow and wind.
Saturday 30 April 12.55am, BBC Two
drowning in numbers
A rare rendering of a black comedy series by the most relentlessly creative director Peter Greenaway. This 1988 work is organized around playing the game: the numbers from one to 100 appear sequentially on screen or on the soundtrack for you to identify. Meanwhile, three women (Joan Plowright, Juliet Stevenson, and Julie Richardson), all named Sissy, plot their husbands’ watery deaths, and ask coroner Madget (Bernard Hill) to cover up the crimes. Steeped in images from art history, it’s a chubby Bristian moral play, set on the remarkable funeral score of Michael Nieman.
Sunday May 1, 1.30am, movie 4
In Andrew Hay’s brilliant drama, their late 40th wedding anniversary in Norfolk brings not only fond memories but memories and revelations that threaten to shatter their relationship. Charlotte Rampling plays Kate, who discovers something about her husband’s ex-boyfriend Jeff (Tom Courtenay) that raises questions about the entire basis of their marriage content so far. It’s another great work by British director Hay, subtle yet devastating, and he’s earned a great run from both his esteemed performances.
Monday May 2 at 1.25am, movie 4
Anvil! Anvil story
Toronto metal band Anvil was a thing for a brief period in the ’80s. Now in 2006, the original members, Lips and Robb, are living on past laurels and the simple joy of playing music – until the prospect of a European tour revives dreams of fame on a larger scale. Sasha Gervasi’s hilarious and touching documentary has the ghost of Spinal Tap forever hanging on him, but he manages to enjoy the cliches (they visit Stonehenge; the dial goes to 11) while being largely a poignant study of a lifelong friendship.
Wednesday May 4, 9pm, Sky Arts
1953’s Otto Preminger starred Robert Mitchum as Frank, an ambulance driver with racing ambitions, who falls into the orbit of Diane, the wealthy 19-year-old Jan Simmons. She’s a killer woman, even though she’s not very good at the job. Apathetic Frank isn’t really attracted to Diane’s complaints about her supposedly wicked stepmother or her love professions, but he’s tempted by the prospect of financing his dreams. Naturally, he soon finds himself in a quandary deep in his neck, in a murderous-atmosphere thriller and an adult takes over relationships.
Wednesday May 4th at 1pm, great! classic films
This 1935 musical was the first that RKO created specifically for the new partnership between Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and features two of Irving Berlin’s greatest hits: the title tune and Cheek to Cheek, which features an ostrich-feather dress designed by Rogers herself. And one of their best choreographic works. The plot is a typical F&G romantic fluff, a subtle farce of mistaken identity featuring a nearly identical cast for The Gay Divorcee (which follows at 10.40pm) in Venice seemingly created from royal ice, but with extensive sets ready to dance in it.
Thursday May 5, 9pm, BBC Four