- Concert Performance Only Option
- Interviews With Director Michael Winterbottom, Kieran O'Brien, Margo Stilley
- The Bands from 9 Songs
9 songs - Unrated Full Uncut Version
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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 stages unfold in counterpoint to nine live-concert songs. Featuring nine live concert performances not available anywhere else by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Von Bondies, Elbow, Primal Scream, The Dandy Warhols, Super Furry Animals, Franz Ferdinand and Michael Nyman.
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. --Doug Thomas
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The way it's filmed using the concerts is incredibly interesting. Many of us marked time according to a series of concerts we attended. So, I could really identify with this view.
Yes, there is sex. I would much prefer sex depicted this way, than the "hollywood way" or the "adult film" way. I thought is was well done.
Having said all that, I think I need to watch it a second time.
I know a lot of people did not like the movie and felt it had no point and was boring. I did not think it was boring. If you could accept it for what it is (just a snippet of time in the life of this guy and one relationship he had with a girl he met in London), then I think you might be able to enjoy it more.
Some people complained about the quality of the music; it was alright. If you want a little more indepth about the bands, they have a little more detail on them in the special features section of the movie, which I thought was good.
I was interested in how this couple interacted when they first met and first became intimate, and how this progressed (or regressed) by the end.
There is an energy you can feel, if you go to these kinds of shows (I saw the Libertines in NY a few years back) that is interesting, and I did feel that here also during the shows in the movie.
So, to sum it all up, if you can just let it flow, and not have any pre-conceived notions about what this movie should be, and you enjoy live rock band music and that whole energy and vibe, then I believe you can enjoy watching this movie.
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