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2 Lovers. 1 Year.
Matt, a young glaciologist, soars across the vast, silent, icebound immensities of the South Pole as he recalls his love affair with Lisa. They meet at a mobbed rock concert in a vast music hall - London's Brixton Academy. They are in bed at night's end. Together, over a period of several months, they pursue a mutual sexual passion whose inevitable stages unfold in counterpoint to nine live-concert songs.
There is one thing worse than really bad porn.
And that's pretentious porn.
Michael Winterbottom’s most controversial film is about a British glaciologist (Kieran O’Brien) and an American exchange student (Margo Stilley) who meet at a concert in London and embark on a passionate sexual love affair, which seems to reach its most transcendent peaks after they immerse themselves in live music. Cutting between real, explicit sex and a snapshot of indie rock as it stood in 2004 – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Von Bondies, Elbow, Primal Scream, The Dandy Warhols, Super Furry Animals and Franz Ferdinand all contributed special live sets – it’s an odd mixture of art porn and concert film that in some ways feels more prescient of longform, sexually explicit music video than the kind of utopian erotic…
Who would have thought unsimulated sex could look so bland and be so uninteresting to witness.
I sat through this film yesterday when it was called '28 Hotel Rooms' - that film had actual actors, it didn't use sex as a gimmick and it actually tried to develop characters. This just feels exploitive - to the actors and the audience. There is no time spent developing any kind of relationship or background, no time spent on conversation, no time spent doing anything except going to gigs and fucking.
I'm just glad that Winterbottom knows how to pick a soundtrack, otherwise this would have been an unbearable 66 minutes.
The dvd cover of this movie states that 9 Songs is, "The most sexually explicit film in the history of British cinema". Hard to disagree with that statement, this film is very graphic for a supposed mainstream release with various unsimulated sex scenes and a host of other pervy action.
Dirk said in his review that this was "pretentious porn" and he was right. We have one sex scene after another followed by some drug taking and an "indie" band performing a song very few people have heard of. With the exception of Primal Scream's "Moving On Up",I must say I wasn't familiar with any of these tracks.
Every now and again you see a review or a dvd that…
“Dear Penthouse Forum: I never believed your letters were true, until I had an experience that changed my mind. I’m a British Antarctic researcher named Matt (Kieran O’Brien), considered good-looking by my friends. One day I met a hot American named Lisa (Margo Stilley), and I could tell she’d be into everything! By night, we’d go to concerts by hipster in-bands like Von Bondies and Franz Ferdinand; by later-that-night, we’d do drugs and have graphic sex. Oral, bondage, full-on money shots—you name it! We even got director Michael Winterbottom to shoot us on grainy video. I never got to know a thing about Lisa, but that’s okay, because I don’t know anything about myself, either! I can just reflect metaphorically on the experience while flying over polar ice, and maybe try to convince myself that there was a point to it besides a pretentious experiment in high-concept art porn.”
This Porn was rubbish. Just as it was getting going it was interrupted by some crap indie songs, and apparently it's frowned upon to pleasure ones self at the cinema!?
A stimulating experiment, but ultimately empty.
The sex is pretty good - or at least, it's more realistic than 99% of movie sex, both in that it's unsimulated and not all that sexy - but there's just not that much of a movie here. It's...fine?
they are fucking all the time if not in concert
and its like an amateur porn filming with handycam
but i gave 2 stars just for kieran o'brien's great dick and cumming huge load : )
I first saw this film when it came out back in 2004 and it's something I've returned to many times.
It might not be perfect but I admire what Winterbottom set out to do - depict the life of a relationship through the sexual aspects alone.
What was interesting on this viewing was how realistic I found this - without going into too many details, I found myself thinking about past 'short-run' relationships and realised, with a little shock, that I actually remember very little about them - outside of galleries & museums visited, gigs & other events enjoyed and various memorable 'personal encounters'. This is not a film that attempts to deconstruct a long term relationship but rather a short lived affair and on reflection I found Matt's memories of his and Lisa's time together a beautiful summary of passions lived.
Its a lovely movie, two actors shows expresses themselves in that short period of time. I think its what one would love to do when given the opportunity.
The most explicit British film ever made? The film is structured around nine songs, mainly filmed at the Brixton Academy, as we watch the couple's relationship unravel through their sexual exploits. All this footage was unsimulated which was extremely effective. Just as in Foxcatcher we learnt so much about the brothers' relationship as they practice wrestling, so we learn about the couple through sex here. It's extremely intimate and never feels like it's out to shock. Rather it makes for a compelling, rewarding and experimental love story. Its focus in only ever on the couple and their interactions, these two characters are the only to appear in the film, meaning that this 70 minute portrait never feels too slender.
There's some clumsy material about Antarctica throughout the film which serves as an ill-thought metaphor. That aside, it's quite the intoxicating little film.
Whatever semblance of a plot was made all the more disjointed by the badly shot concerts. This is an attempt at erotic arthouse, that results in a bad porno.
For an hour long movie, this is way too drawn out. It shouldn't have been made at all, never mind cutting it down.
This art film is an overrated turkey. It’s like watching straight porn without the cheesy music. The music here is rock - nine concerts not even covered well.
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