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My Year Without Sex (2009)


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Release Date: Feb 19, 2009 Wide



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A loving couple finds their lives turned upside down when one of them is diagnosed with a medical condition that will prevent them from having sex for an entire year. Coping with spirited children, a tight family budget, and job insecurity are common challenges for your typical parent; for Natalie and Ross, things are about to get a little more complicated. When Natalie's doctors advise her to abstain from sex for 12 long months, the temptations of consumer society seem to intensify tenfold.


Drama, Comedy

Jul 13, 2010

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...a well-meaning yet consistently underwhelming domestic drama that rarely packs the emotional punch that Watt has obviously intended.

March 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Testing a family for breaking points within a comic framework is not exactly new territory, but Watt's scripting is sharp and she plays fast and loose with audience expectation in the cliche department.

March 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

We get to care for the characters, but would like to have understood them better.

August 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A gem of a film: a wonderfully observed snapshot that canvasses the emotional pulse of a family in the suburbs. It's the slant with which Watt affectionately embraces her characters that make it so engaging.

August 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A delightfully modest film that overcomes its narrative lulls with authentically crafted characters and astute observations of everyday life.

August 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex

[Watt] is a a filmmaker to treasure.

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

A year without sex is actually one of the lesser challenges that Watt tackles, with stout heart and a rich instinct for human comedy.

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Watt strives to cram a great deal into a small space, but her special triumph is that the strain never shows. My Year Without Sex stands as the most accomplished Australian film so far this year.

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

While there are occasions where the film appears to be going nowhere in particular, the undeniable believability of the characters makes the wait for a return to relevance simply whiz by.

May 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

While My Year Without Sex tackles life and potential death issues head on, it is, put simply, bloody funny.

May 26, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

There's a lovely assurance to Sarah Watt's screenplay and direction, she knows her characters well and her affection shows.

May 26, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Funny, moving, tense and entertaining, it's a strong follow-up to the sublime Look Both Ways.

May 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

It's [the] honest, natural performances and the way most average Aussies will relate to their sorry situation that makes My Year Without Sex all worth it.

May 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia)
Sunday Times (Australia)

Audience Reviews for My Year Without Sex

Good portrayal of a year in the life of a typical suburban Australian family as they deal with the aftermath of the mother's aneurysm. The husband does seem a little too young for her and doesn't quite convince, and there's something not quite right here, but on the whole, pretty good.
December 28, 2009

Super Reviewer

This Aussie comedy-drama film comes from director-writer Sarah Watt's idea because she has fought cancer, and her ability to combine dry humour with turbulent humanity remains impressive. While her quotient of subtle reflections upon everyday concerns - and it's really everything, from materialism and sexualisation of kids to search for God - has increased, this pulls back on the laugh-out-loud levity of Look Both Ways. As such, the trials and tribulations on screen can be a bit too much like real life.
Sacha Horler and Matt Day made fantastic chemistry as the married couple of two children.
October 18, 2009
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Australian comedy with everyday story which brings all the characters close to the audience... life questions, big and small, can be overwhelming for most of us... and the movie gives the answers of this tipical suburban family on screen to be seen, laught and maybe remembered in the future. Cute movie to watch!
January 26, 2010
Panta Oz

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