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9 Songs [Blu-ray]

Kieran O'Brien , Margo Stilley , Michael Winterbottom  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kieran O'Brien, Margo Stilley
  • Directors: Michael Winterbottom
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2010
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00368PSNC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,976 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "9 Songs [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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 (familiar to anyone who s ever been in love) unfold in counterpoint to the nine live-concert songs of the story s title.

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169 of 177 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 9 Songs - Breaking new ground or an embarassment? August 20, 2006
By Mr D.
Format:DVD
"I've read a few reviews on 9 songs and one thing they all seem to agree upon is that the movie has no story. I can't disagree with them. There isn't much of a story, but if you pay attention you do arrive at some interesting conclusions."

"The plot of the movie can be boiled down to this, boy and girl meet at a, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, rock concert and go to his apt and f*ck. Another concert and another roll in the hay. With some small exceptions this is the modus operandi for nine concerts."

"Matt is a scientist, a glaciologist and Lisa is a visiting American college student. Matt tried to keep up with Lisa, but I got the impression that he was overmatched, with Lisa, whom I thought was an excitement junkie. She was also more into experimentation. At one point one point Matt went home by himself as she stayed with a woman."

"I couldn't figure out why the sex scenes seemed so well done - almost real. Then, as the movie progressed it became obvious. The bathtub scene with Matt and Lisa, the only actors in the movie, gave me the first clue. With Matt (Kieran O'Brien) leaning back on one side of the tub and Lisa (Margo Stilley) on the other, she uses her feet to massage his erect penis in full view of the viewers. That was about halfway through the movie and was only the beginning. Each sex scene thereafter, became increasing more explicit."

"After about three months of steady rock concerts and sex, Lisa tells Matt that she will soon be going back to America. Matt is crushed, so that afternoon Lisa cheers him up by ... how can I say this? Blowing him! The viewer gets to see the whole episode, just like a porn movie. She sucks on him for about thirty seconds and then cuts away to a long view of Matt, ejaculating on himself.
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157 of 178 people found the following review helpful
By Steve
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Some might consider this movie prurient, while to others it will seem sweetly nostalgic. Anyone who is looking at this review will already know that 9 Songs is famed for its full-on sex scenes. Some, however, will not be aware that it really is about the nature of memory and the waking-up to ordinary life's intangible fleeting beauty.

The main character is a British glaciologist through whose eyes, metaphorically, one "remembers" a relationship a lovely, egotistical, careless, charming, and crazy woman, not unlike the young women young men meet from time to time and with whom men try (unsuccessfully) to have a temporally enduring relationship.

Matt (Kieran O'Brien) is an ugly-handsome winsome working-class bloke made good in Tony Blair's New Britain. Lisa (Margot Stilley)is an American, obviously from what is called a "good family", curvaceously slim, statuesque (about two inches taller than Matt), educated, and unserious about both her relationship with Matt and her job. As for her "job", though we don't see much of it at all, it's obviously just a time-marking "playing about with typewriters and latchkeys and calling it work", as EM Forster called the occupations of upper middle class twenty-somethings who receive regular checks from the family back home. She a good-looking 21 year old American woman in London with time on her hands, and a liking for men.

Glaciology is a key thematic element in 9 Songs. Antarctica is a metaphor for one's memory. The snow laid down in the center of the continent becomes ice, trapping bubbles of air inside it. Those bubbles are the continent's "memory" of the weather on a certain day, a certain year.
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179 of 205 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex as Storytelling March 13, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
9 Songs tells a familiar story, but the way the story is told is innovative, poignant, and memorable. We found ourselves still talking about the movie hours later.

The sex which comprises the movie is explicit, but it is neither Holywood sex nor "porn movie" sex. The couple's physical relationship is real and honest, and tells the story of the movie. I was impressed with the idea of using sex as the primary narrative device, and the director's implementation of the idea is brilliantly executed. 9 songs tells its story well in a language most of us can understand.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
By dooby
Format:DVD
I liked this film. I bought the DVD because of its notoriety but with full awareness of the generally dismal reviews it received. It turned out to be a surprisingly sweet little film. Not much of a plot and not really a love story as such. It's more an experimental art film touching on memory - specifically the bittersweet memory of a lost love. A young Englishman remembers the short summer fling he had with a bright, vivacious, and beautiful 21-year old American girl. He obviously thought more of their summer tryst than she did. And when she leaves for home at the end of summer, he is devastated. He takes refuge in his work as a glaciologist, fleeing to the barren wastes of Antarctica. But if this film depicts what he thought of their relationship, it does beg the question, just how deep were his feelings towards her? If the only things you can recall of a relationship are the bouts of sex and rock concerts, that doesn't really say much for the relationship.

This film has been endlessly compared to porn by various critics, even by the official reviewer here on Amazon. I find the comparison rather unfair. Yes, it has explicit sex scenes which would not be out of place in a porn video. But that does not make it porn. Sex is a natural part of a relationship and a natural part of life. The film depicts it as such without apology and without shame. When the relationship is over, this young man thinks back and concentrates only on the sex because that, sadly but truthfully, was what was most important to him, much as he would like to believe otherwise.

The sex is hot. And more importantly, believable. Not the overblown silliness of porn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
everything just god damn fine.
excellent.
Published 9 days ago by laura green
2.0 out of 5 stars you picked a good one, I guess
Well. If you are watching it for the sex, you picked a good one, I guess. Plot wise, not impressed and, frankly, I didn't care much for the characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Qvrfullmidwife
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Lots of hype about this movie. I found it quite boring. If they weren't in bed they were at a concert. No real story line. The couple is very blah.
Published 3 months ago by Peaceful_Inhaler
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Shocking at how much nudity is in this movie. Its truly porn in art house film disguise. It even has a "money shot" in one of the scenes.
Published 4 months ago by Robert Embree
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart
I first saw this movie on Netflix...of all places. The movie is an artsy film about a man and woman going out to see live music concerts (in between a lot of sex. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Carl Fansler
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I rated this movie a high good because it is a good movie. I enjoyed watching this movie. I would recommend this movie to everyone that wants to watch a good movie about how... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dr. Dee Black
4.0 out of 5 stars Burt Reynolds' Boogie Nights Dream Fully Realized
If you're looking into this movie, then chances are you are a film buff. I'm sure you've seen all the mainstream flicks (at least most of the good ones) and now you're searching... Read more
Published 6 months ago by FilmFanatic
4.0 out of 5 stars cool movie
good movie not for kids. the story is diffrent but the plot seems to redundant of other films i have seen
Published 6 months ago by Timothy C. Hawe
2.0 out of 5 stars If it had a rating, it would be X
If you're looking for real, actual sex, buy this . I'm pretty surprised that Amazon sells it. The plot is mostly unscripted, making you feel like you are observing an actual... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anonymous
1.0 out of 5 stars My Fault!
When I ordered this movie, all I saw was "Unrated", but missed "Edited" Version! I've seen this movie in it's
whole unedited version and that is what I... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jimmie D Heafner
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is there any english subtitles
the movie is in English, most DVDs have French Subtitles these days, you can return it if not.
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