Steven Rea's Weekend Movie Selections

Dheepan Jacques Audiard's Cannes Film Festival winner follows a pretend family - a man, woman, and child, refugees of the Sri Lankan civil war - as they try to make a new life in a grim, graffitied housing complex on the outskirts of Paris. Tough, sobering stuff, with a heartbreaking performance by Antonythasan Jesuthasan, himself a veteran of the Sri Lanka conflict, in the title role. R

A Bigger Splash Tilda Swinton is a rock star in retreat on a Mediterranean isle, Matthias Schoenaerts her lover. Along comes the impossibly exuberant Ralph Fiennes, playing an old flame and bringing his nymphet American daughter (Dakota Johnson) along. A remake of the slow-burning 1969 French thriller La Piscine, this tale of love and jealousy, obsession and seduction, takes its time getting where it's going, but who cares, it's gorgeous. R

The Lobster Oscar-nominated director Yorgos Lanthimos' English-language debut stars Colin Farrell as a mild-mannered widower sent to a hotel in the countryside where he is encouraged - nay, required - to find a new partner. A surreal, comic, sad, strange fable, set in a disquietingly serene not-far-from-now. Imagine Wes Anderson doing Franz Kafka, with George Orwell thrown into the mix. Sublime. R