This weekend Toby and I finally saw the critically acclaimed film 9 Songs. It’s a film about a love affair between a 30+ year old man and a 21 year old woman. It’s sexually explicit and, at times, hard to watch. But not for the reasons one might assume.
The sex is real. There is male ejaculation and female ejaculation. There are scenes so intimate I felt badly for watching them. It’s the most intimate film I have ever seen actually. Which is pretty amazing because at one point the boom was in full view. During that same scene, the clock in the background reads 8:20 and then suddenly three hours earlier and then it’s 8:20 again and then it’s two hours later. Yet somehow I still felt like an intruder.
I loved the movie. I thought it was highly original yet easy to relate to sometimes uncomfortably so. And I loved the quote from Woody Allen’s Manhattan where Lisa says to Matt as she’s sitting on his lap, “You just have to have a little faith in people.” That line, assuming it was intentional, pretty much summed up the entire film or, at the very least, this very intimate, very passionate, short-lived relationship.
If you don’t mind a little sex I recommend this film. If a little sex bothers you, I would stay clear. For some, it’s bordering on pornographic. Though, with intimacy like that it’s impossible for me to call it that.