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What’s on TV Monday: ‘Life’s a Beach’ and ‘Janet King’


Yu Junsang and Isabelle Huppert in Hong Sang-soo’s “In Another Country.”

Kino Lorber

If sand and surf are not to be yours this holiday weekend, do the next best thing and stream a few of the summery tales in “Life’s a Beach.” Or sleuth alongside Marta Dusseldorp, one of Australia’s busiest actresses, in a sporty new season of “Janet King.”

What’s Streaming

LIFE’S A BEACH on Fandor. Stranded far from the real thing? This collection of 21 movies will, its curators say, “have you sunbathing to the glow of the screen.” The lineup includes Hong Sang-soo’s “In Another Country,” Éric Rohmer’s “A Summer’s Tale,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Climates,” Eliza Hittman’s “It Felt Like Love,” Bruce Brown’s “The Endless Summer,” Agnès Varda’s “The Beaches of Agnès,” Luis Buñuel’s “Robinson Crusoe” and Patricio Guzmán’s “The Pearl Button.”

SWIMMING POOL (2003) on Amazon and iTunes. An icy English mystery writer (Charlotte Rampling) in a midcareer rut is plunged into hot water under the Mediterranean sun. Her editor’s wanton teenage daughter (Ludivine Sagnier) and then a dead body show up at a vacation home in France. “Swimming Pool,” François Ozon’s first English-language film, “is simultaneously a thoroughly mannered, mischievously artificial confection and an acute piece of psychological realism,” A. O. Scott wrote in The New York Times.


Marta Dusseldorp in “Janet King.”

Acorn TV

JANET KING, SERIES 3: PLAYING ADVANTAGE on Acorn TV. Marta Dusseldorp is back as Janet, a senior crown prosecutor with a lacerating tongue and even sharper investigative skills. Her case this time is the death of a young cricket player in a world in which professional sports collide with organized crime, drugs, match fixing, kickbacks and murder. Two episodes debut each Monday through July 24. Catch Ms. Dusseldorp in “A Place to Call Home” and “Jack Irish” on Acorn as well.

THE BRIDE OF THE WATER GOD on DramaFever. A psychiatrist (Shin Se-kyung), whose family is cursed to cater to higher powers until the end of time, meets a young man (Nam Joo-hyuk) who claims to be a water god in this new fantasy from South Korea. He expects her to serve as his bride; she thinks he’s delusional.


Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts in “Rust and Bone.”

Sony Pictures Classics

RUST AND BONE (2012) on iTunes and Amazon. Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), a former prizefighter fleeing with his young son from a bad situation, arrives in Antibes, on the Côte d’Azur. Working as a club bouncer, he meets Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), a trainer for a Sea World-like amusement park. Then she loses her legs in an accident with a killer whale and calls him, thinking he might help rouse her from her despair. “The removal of Ms. Cotillard’s legs — including in scenes in which she wears a bathing suit or nothing — is surely one of the most impressive special-effects feats of the year,” A. O. Scott wrote in The Times. “But the greater marvel is Ms. Cotillard herself, an actress of limitless bravery and supernatural poise, who is both beauty and beast. Mr. Schoenaerts is her perfect foil and complement, as large and coarse as she is small and delicate, and also as tender as she is tough.”

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