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9 Songs (2004)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  11 March 2005 (UK)
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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.

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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 unfold in counterpoint to nine live-concert songs. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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2 Lovers. 1 Year.


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Release Date:

11 March 2005 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

9 Canções  »

Box Office


£1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$36,140 (Brazil) (24 June 2005)


$49,835 (USA) (29 July 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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The film was released as "9 Orgasms" in Mexico and Slovenia. See more »


(at around 1 min) The boom mic momentarily drops down into the scene and pulls back up while Lisa asks "Do you think I look like a boy?" See more »


[first lines]
Matt: When I remember Lisa I don't think about her clothes, or her work, or where she was from, or even what she said. I think about her smell, her taste, her skin touching mine.
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The opening title and the closing credits appear to be pieces of cut film or paper placed together to form the words. See more »


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Whatever Happened To My Rock and Roll
Performed by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Peter Hayes, Robert Turner,
Nick Jago)
Composed by Peter Hayes / Robert Turner (as Robert Been) / Nick Jago (as Nicholas Jago)
© BRMC Music / WB Music Corp by kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
Courtesy of Virgin Records Limited / Virgin Records America, Inc
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Beautiful, intimate, responsible. A minor triumph.
20 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a love-it-or-hate-it film, as reflected by the deep divisions in critical response. It is a serious piece of film-making but there are two major components that you may love or hate - extreme sexual explicitness and modern rock music.

The rock music is mostly from live concerts. If the music that people pogue and stage dive to is not for you, you probably won't want to sit through an hour of it (check the soundtrack listings - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Von Bondies, Salif Keita, Franz Ferdinand, Primal Scream, Dandy Warhols, Goldfrapp, Super Furry Animals, Elbow - do you recognise/like a few of them?) The sexual explicitness is a matter of personal taste - and tastes in sexuality vary a lot. If you can identify or empathise to some extent to this 20-some young couple and feel comfortable seeing how their relationship develops through sex and rock music you may, as I did, find it beautiful and intimate. The lovemaking is so natural that it is in sharp contrast to the fictionalised and very artificial sex scenes in mainstream films. There's also some wonderful symbolism in contrasting shots and details of Antarctica (connected to the daytime work of the main character). It's also a triumph British cinema that the Censors have allowed it to reach mainstream cinemas uncut.

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