My Year Without Sex (2009)
Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 13
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 1
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Release Date: Feb 19, 2009 Wide
Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 434
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.
Feb 19, 2009 Wide
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.
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.
We get to care for the characters, but would like to have understood them better.
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.
A delightfully modest film that overcomes its narrative lulls with authentically crafted characters and astute observations of everyday life.
A year without sex is actually one of the lesser challenges that Watt tackles, with stout heart and a rich instinct for human comedy.
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.
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.
While My Year Without Sex tackles life and potential death issues head on, it is, put simply, bloody funny.
There's a lovely assurance to Sarah Watt's screenplay and direction, she knows her characters well and her affection shows.
Funny, moving, tense and entertaining, it's a strong follow-up to the sublime Look Both Ways.
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