I have been conscious of the controversy surrouding "9 Songs" since it first appeared, and it was in part my curiousity, and in part its appropriateness for the moment, that led me to choose to curl up with it, a glass and a friend.
Unfortunately, I spent much of the time struggling to follow and hear what was going on. I'm sure this was largely due to the editing, but perhaps also because I was looking and listening for something that simply wasn't there. It's a simple, realistic (but rather dis-jointed) snap shot of a brief relationship between two very ordinary people in which not very much happens. It is the very ordinariness of the couple that is both refreshing and reassuring. Erotic intimacy is not simply the domain of the beautiful. Indeed, it took me a while to adjust to the androgyny of Lisa. To me, a brave and honest move on both the parts of Director and cast to step outside the mould.
It is noticeably short, but, to my mind - without more of a tale to tell -long enough. There is something almost soporific about it, and not only did we have to re-wind the bits I missed, but, I think I must have nodded off through several of the 9 songs! I should, however, like to find the time to see it again. I came away feeling privileged to be invited to be a "fly on the wall" and to be part of such simple human tenderness. Certainly not porn but definitely an adult movie best watched with the someone in your life you feel completely comfortable with.
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