Porn, porn, porn, porn, porn. We here at Movie-Source are just trying to improve our search engine ranking by providing that word a few times. That being said, the word "porn" perfectly describes the film "9 Songs," which is apparently about the relationship between two concert-goers over a single summer. The question is: who are they trying to fool?
"9 Songs," on paper, is about two young people (Kieran O'Brien and Margo Stilley) who meet at a concert and ensue on a passionate relationship over the rest of the summer. Throughout the film, nine live-action performances by various God-awful bands are played, and their relationship revolves around that.
In reality, the plot is this: after fast forwarding through all the wretched band performances, you are left with five minutes of dialogue and forty minutes of sex, which shows just about everything. And if the actors never actually have sex on screen, they sure fooled me and my friends who sat through this picture with me.
"9 Songs" is unrated in the U.S., and for good reason. Dick, vagina and various sexual positions are showed in great detail. One lovely scene has the two characters in the bathtub and the woman is caressing the man's penis with her feet. I'm not a prude, nor do I care about sex in movies one way or the other (okay, I'll admit it - I like sex in movies), but who the hell was director Michael Winterbottom trying to fool? Winterbottom, who has directed such films as "Jude" with Kate Winslett," "Welcome to Sarajevo" with Woody Harrelson and, what I consider to be a great movie, "The Claim" with Wes Bentley, has directed a porn. It may not have cheesy porn music or a porn plot, but just because you provide no character development and various concert performances does not mean what you have created is not a porn.
Aside from that, I don't know what else to say. "9 Songs" really has nothing going for it other than sex. On the other hand, it isn't necessarily a poorly-done film, either. But if it was meant to be something more than a porn, I didn't see it.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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