For more than 40 years at Xanadu, X-rated films and family life have peacefully co-existed together under the same roof. The business thrived under the authority of Alex Valadine, the flamboyant patriarch and the high priest of the French erotic film industry. Yet, decades later Alex refuses to acknowledge that the industry is now virtually unrecognisable and now the company is struggling to keep up with the digital world. In order to save the business from bankruptcy his children need to step in and take control, but will they be able to overcome fraught relations and past predicaments?
Former criminal Rickard (Ola Rapace) has vanished. Fleeing Sweden and the old friends he has testified against, he abandons his name, his life, and his family to start over in Thailand. Ten years later and he still has a price on his head and returning home would be a death sentence, so he ekes out his existence as a small-time crook in the back alleys of Phuket. Life’s tough and dirty, but at least it won’t kill him. That’s the idea anyway.
When his fifteen-year-old daughter Thyracomes (Louise Nyvall) looking for him, Rickard’s self-imposed exile in this gritty paradise is soon under threat. His attempts to push her away only drive her deeper into the dark underworld that Rickard knows only too well. After a momentary lapse in judgement, Rickard’s cover is blown and both he and his daughter find themselves in very real danger. Their only chance of survival is to strike back at those who are coming for them.
Yesterday he was alone. Today he has a daughter to look after. But how can he protect her when he can’t even protect himself?
Memories of the Alhambra (South Korea: tvN; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Saturday, December 1
Suspense romance drama. After suffering a setback following his friend’s betrayal, Yoo Jin-woo travels to Granada in Spain for a business trip. There, he stays at a hostel owned by a former guitarist named Jung Hee-joo; and both get entangled in a mysterious incident.
The Protector (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, December 14
Turkish Netflix original. Given mystical powers by a talismanic keepsake, a young man embarks on a quest to fight shadowy forces and solve a mystery from his past.
Selection Day (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, December 28
Indian Netflix original. In a country that loves cricket, lives a boy who doesn’t. Radha and Manju were conceived to be the greatest batsmen in the world, but Manju doesn’t share his father’s dream. Come selection day, the selectors won’t be the only ones making a choice.