2004   UK 9 Songs
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Director:Michael Winterbottom
Studio:Tartan Video
Writer:Michael Winterbottom
IMDb Rating:4.9 (9,739 votes)
Awards:Won Oscar. Another 12 wins & 22 nominations
Genre:Drama, Music
Duration:69 min
Michael Winterbottom  ...  (Director)
Michael Winterbottom  ...  (Writer)
Kieran O'Brien  ...  Matt
Margo Stilley  ...  Lisa
Huw Bunford  ...  Himself (Super Furry Animals)
Cian Ciaran  ...  Himself (Super Furry Animals)
The Dandy Warhols  ...  Themselves
Elbow  ...  Themselves
Franz Ferdinand  ...  Themselves
Bobby Gillespie  ...  Himself (Primal Scream)
Bob Hardy  ...  Himself (Franz Ferdinand)
Dafydd Ieuan  ...  Himself (Super Furry Animals)
Alex Kapranos  ...  Himself (Franz Ferdinand)
Mani  ...  Himself (Primal Scream)
Nick McCarthy  ...  Himself (Franz Ferdinand)
Michael Nyman  ...  Himself
Guto Pryce  ...  Himself (Super Furry Animals)
Marcel Zyskind  ...  Cinematographer
Mat Whitecross  ...  Editor
Michael Winterbottom  ...  Editor
Comments: The title refers to the nine songs played by eight different rock bands that complement the story of the film.

Summary: Maverick director Michael Winterbottom wondered about the double standard of why novels can have explicit sex scenes and be legit and films could not. So his short film of a relationship based solely on sex and a love for music is the result of that thought. If the definition of a porn film is to shoot actors performing graphic sex scenes for real, then 9 Songs qualifies. It certainly doesn't feel or look like your standard whoopdee-do XXX feature.

It's as glossy and low-budget arty as Winterbottom's 24 Hour Party People or I Want You. But yeah, Matt and Lisa do everything to each other, and the actors are not "just acting" in some of the sex scenes. No matter how landmark the movie might be, there is not much story here (at least a book with hot sex often has a good story to it).

Lisa is an American drifter in London who hooks up with Matt, a scientist who studies glaciers in Antarctica. They have sex and visit nine rock concerts including Franz Ferdinand and The Dandy Warhols. As advertised, you can't find these musical performances anywhere else, but we just see them from way back in the crowd.

The film has an essence of how someone can find bliss in another person's body, and the emotional, magical weight that can hold over you. But that spell doesn't last. Since the sex is real, Winterbottom had to cast unknown actors, and they really don't make an impression, especially with the lack of story.

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