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9 Songs - DVD Unrated Full Uncut Version

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9 Songs - DVD Unrated Full Uncut Version

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Michael Winterbottom pushes boundaries with a film that uses raw rock'n roll live footage and unsimulated sex for a tender love story that could not bet told any other way.
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Pros

  • A tender love story
  • Unsimulated sex brings rare honesty to screen
  • Excellent, raw footage of English band scene
  • Wonderful performance by newcomer Margo Stilley

Cons

  • Not a titilating experience (if that's what you were hoping for)

Description

  • Directed by Michael Winterbottom
  • Starring Kieran O'Brien, Margot Stilley
  • Bands: The Dandy Warhols, Super Furry Animals, Primal Scream, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and more
  • Special features include production interviews with Winterbottom, O'Brien, and Stilley.
  • Behind the scenes featurette and music videos.

Guide Review - 9 Songs - DVD Unrated Full Uncut Version

Michael Winterbottom's latest experiment "9 Songs" mixes live concert footage with real sex. Already a scandal as "the most explicit film in British film history," it luxuriates in stolen moments of intimacy between Lisa, a young American (Margo Stilley) and Matt, an English glaciologist (Kieran O'Brien.)

"9 Songs" is a story that can't be told without radical frankness. The couple's story–-the passion, the power-plays, the disenchantment, all of their best and worst moments together--happens in bed. For the film to work (which it does), the sex has to be as real as the moments that come after: "I need to take a shower," Want some coffee?" and some loose, naked dancing. Nothing is gratuitous because what's on screen is the story, a story of lust, longing, and disappointment so intimate that it couldn't be told any other way.

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