|THE LITTLE DEATH (director/writer: Josh Lawson; cinematographer: Simon Chapman; editor: Christian Gazal; music: Michael Yezerski; cast: Bojana Novakovic (Maeve), Damon Herriman (Dan), Ben Lawson(Glenn), Josh Lawson (Paul), Erin James (Monica), Alan Dukes (Phil), Lisa McCune (Maureen), Kate Box (Rowena), Patrick Brammall (Richard), Paul Gleeson (Therapist), Zoe Carides (Dr. Barnes), Kim Gyngell (Steve), Lachy Hulme (Kim), T.J. Power (Sam), Genevieve Hegney (Sonya, Phone-sex operator); Runtime: 97; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producer: Jamie Hilton/Michael Petroni/Matt Reeder; Magnolia Pictures; 2014-Australia)|
both edgy and warm-hearted, as it depicts the
secret lives of five suburban couples who live
by Dennis Schwartz
genial off-beat romantic comedy about
sex, love, fetishes and relationships that's
smartly written and directed by Aussie filmmaker
Josh Lawson, in his debut feature.
It's both edgy and warm-hearted, as it depicts the
secret lives of five middle-class attractive suburban
couples who live in Sydney. The narrative explores how
a long list of sexual fetishes among all the couples
have comical repercussions when shared by the group.
openers we witness Josh Lawson's tongue and mouth
wrapping itself around Bojana Novakovic's toes - as
foreplay. Bojana has confided in him her
desire to be raped, which leads to further farce
between them. Things turn on the
close-knit neighbor couples, who all desire greater
sexual freedoms in their life. Besides the five
couples observed, a convicted sex offender (Kim Gyngell),
roams the neighborhood selling odd items and providing
a creepy presence.
Kate Mulvany and Damon Herriman follow
their therapist's suggestion and do role-playing. Alan Dukes and Lisa McCune
find things are best sexually when hubby gets off on
his cold wife, who warms up when asleep. Kate Box and
Patrick Brammall have a
robotic clinical relationship, as romance is
sparked for her only when hubby tears up. They
want more than anything else to have a child.
The fifth couple, Erin James and TJ Power, have
just met. The future hubby called her to translate
a chat with a phone-sex operator
(Genevieve Hegney). You see the future
wife works as a
translator of phone calls for the deaf.
The film's title is a translation of the French phrase la petite mort, which is a slang way for saying orgasm.
The slight story only goes so far before it gets tiresome and repetitive. But while it's hot, there are more than a few laughs and it never forgets trying to be a smart comedy.
REVIEWED ON 11/9/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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