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My Year Without Sex (2009)

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A tender story from Australia highlights the realistic ups and downs of an Australian family in the year following a parent's emergency medical procedure.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Portia Bradley ...
Jonathan Segat ...
Sacha Horler ...
Roy Davies ...
Old Man
Catherine Hill ...
Sonya Suares ...
Petru Gheorghiu ...
Travis Cotton ...
Fred Whitlock ...
Sean Rees-Wemyss ...
Lauren Mikkor ...


Natalie and Ross struggle to stay in the middle class in a Melbourne suburb, with their likable son and daughter, 12 and 7. Their lives are upended one August day when Natalie faints during a routine medical checkup: it's an aneurysm followed by major surgery, convalescence, and a doctor's advice to avoid heavy lifting, straining on the toilet, stifled sneezes, and orgasms. Over the next year, we watch the family in vignettes, one each month: domestic frustrations, a tempting colleague, Christmas, a pet fish, a holiday, a church choir and conversations about God, a chicken hawk, a birthday party, football games, and fears that another aneurysm is just a sneeze away. Written by <>

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28 May 2009 (Australia)  »

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AUD 4,000,000 (estimated)

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$528 (USA) (5 March 2010)


$2,344 (USA) (16 April 2010)

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An understated look at love and life in middle-class Australian suburbia
12 May 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed watching this film. I laughed and I shed a tear. I would like to watch it again as there are parts of the movie that are worth re-examining.

Set in the inner western suburbs of Melbourne, this film touches on many of the day-to-day issues that Australian families are concerned with. Whether it be paying bills, how to bring up children, career management and of course, inter-personal relations.

At an even deeper level, this movie examines a post-Christian society and some of the ways that people address the existential questions.

Covering such a broad range of issues in a film means that only one of them is examined in depth. What keeps a marriage together "in sickness and in health?".

One thing did get under my skin. The annoying cliché that portrays the struggling family as virtuous and their richer, flamboyant relatives as morally deficient.

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