9 Songs

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The unerotic sex scenes quickly become tedious to watch, and the lovers lack the personality necessary to make viewers care about them.



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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 nine live-concert songs.


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  • Winterbottom proves that nonstop sex intercut with alternative music can be exceedingly boring.

    Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The film is not great. It's not even all that good. And sometimes, it's actively annoying.

    Jan 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • As satisfying viewing experiences go, the film comes up mighty short in terms of story, interesting characters and technical prowess, not to mention a 65-minute running time.

    Nov 1, 2005
  • Nice folks, fun time, thanks for the peek (I guess), and so what?

    Oct 6, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Five decades after the rest of the world twigged to it, Michael Winterbottom has discovered a connection between sex and rock 'n' roll. Bully for him.

    Sep 23, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It is, at its (hard)core, a traditional sex movie with better music and naturalistic situations.

    Sep 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for 9 Songs

Cast: Margo Stilley, Kieran O'Brien, Huw Bunford, Cian Ciaran, Bobby Gillespie ... see more , Dandy Warhols , Alex Kapranos , Bob Hardy , Courtney Taylor-Taylor , Franz Ferdinand , Michael Nyman , Nick McCarthy Directed by: Michael Winterbottom Summary: Love blooms between an American student and a British glaciologist in this explicit romance with an underground-rock soundtrack. The film follows Lisa (Margo Stilley) and Matt (Kieran O'Brien) from the time they meet at a concert until Lisa departs for home. Their steamy relationship is set to the songs of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Von Bondies, Elbow, Primal Scream, The Dandy Warhols, Super Furry Animals, Franz Ferdinand and Michael Nyman. My Thoughts: "There isn't much to say about this film. It's basically porn with some good music here and there. Really not much of a story-line. Waste of time for me. I should have read the reviews before watching this, but being a fan of music I wanted to see what the music was all about in this film. I got more ass and tits, and a bit of dick more then I did the music.. I will pass it along to others, but don't say I didn't warn you.. It's a really bad film."


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PORN?!! Well, sort of. This is a tale of a relatively short relationship that plays out against a backdrop of modern British music (the two leads attend concerts together frequently). The film is a part of that teeny cinematic niche of sex films where the actors are clearly doing the actual deeds. Going in with lowered expectations as a result, I was surprised at how good the performances were. And sad, too, since these are the kinds of roles that will really keep the leads from finding work again in mainstream cinema. It's not the deepest film, but it achieved a level of emotional and physical honesty. And yeah, REALLY EXPLICIT. Really. Yes, THAT explicit.

Steve K
Steve K

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"2 Lovers. 1 Year." In London, England, love blooms between an American college student, named Lisa, and a British glaciologist, named Matt, where over the next few months in between attending rock concerts, the two lovers have intense sexual encounters.

Two dreary, unattractive heterosexuals with execrable taste in music conduct a sexual relationship over the space of a year. The film is distinguished by its use of real sex for added verisimilitude in the bonking scenes, yet the couple are so abstracted from the world about them that you would be hard-pressed to describe the film as an example of realist cinema. I suppose it may say something about the barren lives of the urban Western middle classes, although what Antarctica has to do with it all bog only knows. Rarely since Deep Throat have human sexual organs looked so unappealing.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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Incomprehensible pile of junk/porn. No point whatsoever. How the director convinced the actors to jeopardize their careers for this is a mystery.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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