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My Year Without Sex (2009)

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 ...
Roy Davies ...
Old Man
Catherine Hill ...
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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

28 May 2009 (Australia)  »

Box Office


AUD 4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$528 (USA) (5 March 2010)


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

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My Year Without Sex received strongly favourable reviews, and was touted by The Sydney Morning Herald as "possibly the best" Australian film of 2009, as well as "the most accomplished" local film of 2009 by The Age. See more »

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Another gem from Sarah Watt!
28 June 2009 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

When one enters a cinema noting that 90% of the audience is female, one expects 'chick lit' or a weepie. Sarah Watt is a great storyteller, but chick lit is not her scene. In episodic form, she portrays an ordinary family as they experience near-tragedy and misfortune, but come out of it with just a little bit of luck. This is a love story, and it portrays how a close family can overcome great stress by knowing love for each other. The key character is Natalie, played by Sacha Horler, a brave actor who can handle difficult parts superbly. Watt ignores the old rule: never appear with children and dogs. The children are truly very good, the dogs well-behaved. Does it help that members of the author's family are well represented? Look for 'Antoinette'. This is Watt's husband, William McInnes in drag. Another important character is Margaret, the one-time junkie pop singer, who essays a change as a priest, then surprises us all in the end. One hopes that this film reaches the rest of the world uncut. There is some strong language, but it belongs. Watt cleverly inserts the odd 'plant'. We wait in vain for the realization - Watt is an animator after all. And, yes, the audience came out smiling.

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