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Now Playing: THE TRUMAN SHOW, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, and THE HOUSEMAID brighten your post-holiday week

The presents have been opened, the ill-fitting or poorly-considered clothing gifts packed back up for return, the wrapping paper now sitting in a mess on the floor like the aftermath of your own living room ticker tape parade. While you get over the hangover left by the day before and look forward to the traditional week-long workplace goof-off period between now and January 1st (hey, you’ve earned it!), check out what we’ve got in store this week as you plan your New Year’s Eve party.

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Every week, watch a different award winning film from festivals around the globe. A series of contemporary hits and timeless masterpieces.
Mike Leigh’s 2008 slice of life takes a different approach than his darker epics such as NAKED and SECRETS & LIES. In HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, he explores what it means to be truly happy, and whether a person can in fact be too happy for her own good. Poppy’s a London schoolteacher whose infectious cheeriness and trusting nature opens her up to situations a more cynical person may have avoided – for better and worse. Can anyone really be this happy, or is something missing from Poppy’s life?

HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, this week on OFFICIAL SELECTION, Wednesday at 8P

MOVIES WE LOVE LUST
Spend Sunday Nights with a film that reminds you why you love the movies.
Remember that magical time when television consisted of more than just brainless reality shows? THE TRUMAN SHOW predicts our current sad state of affairs by suggesting any one of us may be part of an extended reality show right now. In fact, for all we know, our entire universe could just be one big reality show designed for the entertainment of the Gods, with Jim Carrey as the star. Whoa man, that just blew our minds.

THE TRUMAN SHOW, this week on MOVIES WE LOVE LUST, Sunday at 10:15P

ROBERT REDFORD PRESENTS
An insightful introduction into a diverse array of thought provoking films brought to you by the man who made it all possible… Mr. Robert Redford presents…
Based on Brian Morton’s novel, this film explores the lives of four individuals who are brought together through serendipity as they confront major life events. Leonard Schiller’s a writer nearing the end of his life who’s lost his audience, which graduate student Heather Wolfe wants to try to rectify by basing her thesis on the author. Meanwhile, Leonard’s daughter Ariel is distrustful of Heather’s motives, even while she deceives her boyfriend Victor about plans she has for a baby. A meditation on trust and sacrifice that was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Andrew Wagner’s and Fred Parnes’ screenplay.

STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING, this week on ROBERT REDFORD PRESENTS, Saturday at 8P

THRILLER THURSDAYS
Turn off the lights and lock the front door every Thursday at 10p as Sundance Channel brings you a unique thriller from genres across the board.
Jim Jarmusch wrote and directed this action crime drama – an unusual genre for a director best known for quiet character pieces such as COFFEE & CIGARETTES and DEAD MAN. Forest Whitaker stars as Ghost Dog, a mafia hit man with an interest in Japanese Samurai who has chosen to live by their code. As you can imagine, this gets him into all sorts of trouble in today’s modern gangster lifestyle. A unique look at whether an ancient moral belief system can work in today’s amoral times.

GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI, this week on THRILLER THURSDAYS, Thursday at 10P

LOVER’S LOUNGE
A night of uncut, uncensored, boundary-pushing fare sure to earn its TV-MA.
This festival favorite is one sexy Korean thriller. Young nanny Eun-yi Li is hired by a wealthy, married businessman, who promptly seduces her. This naturally makes her the target of a series of traps laid by the other women of the house, including the bitter housemaid. Can Eun-yi survive and possibly even carve out her revenge?

THE HOUSEMAID, this week on LOVER’S LOUNGE, Saturday at Midnight