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May 08, 1994|Kevin Thomas

My Brilliant Career (Lifetime Monday at 9 p.m.), Gillian Armstrong's 1979 Australian film, launched its star, Judy Davis, on her own brilliant career playing a smart, headstrong turn-of-the-century rebel.

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (Bravo Tuesday at 5 and 9 p.m.; Saturday at 8 p.m.) stars a heartbreaking Maggie Smith as a desperate Irish spinster thrown into a spiritual crisis; Bob Hoskins is equally fine as the man whose intentions she disastrously misreads.

Chinese Double Feature: Red Sorghum (KCET at 9 p.m.), Zhang Yimou's lush, fiery stylized epic love story, set in the tumultuous 1920s and '30s; A Girl from Hunan (KCET at 10:30 p.m.), Xie Fei's exquisite telling of the fate of a 16-year-old peasant girl, already married four years to a boy 10 years her junior.

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