Separation City (2009)

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A painful tale about marriage, bad sex and requited love.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Nicholson
Katrien Becker
Pam Nicholson
Harry Ronayne
Alan Lovell ...
Archie Boyle
Jodie Rimmer ...
Tem Bristow
Mike Minogue ...
Errol the Fireman
Kate Harcourt ...
Mrs Simpson
Jane Waddell ...
Mrs Boyle


After the birth of two children Simon's (Joel Edgerton) marriage to Pam (Danielle Cormack) is becoming a bore in which the only climactic feelings he has involve an unfortunate new tendency for premature ejaculation. He develops an interest in another young mother, Katrien (Rhona Mitra), whose husband Klaus has been cheating on her. The world of young married parents in Wellington is fast leading to a whole new breed of men: the men of 'Separation City'. Written by

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6 August 2009 (New Zealand)  »

Also Known As:

The Truth About Men  »

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NZD 5,950,000 (estimated)

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Fresh insight on relationships
5 August 2009 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Just saw Separation City in my home town (and where the movie is set) of Wellington, New Zealand. Wellington looks great, and overall it is a though provoking story, and refreshingly offers up the male point of view on long term relationships.

There are some great gags, the first half of the movie produced plenty of laughs. The second half delivers quite nicely with farcical elements, but with plenty of emotion as well.

The acting is pretty good, the direction good (if a little unimaginative), and the script does well to capture some unique male experiences that I haven't seen in cinema before.

The only thing I really didn't like were the terrible voice-overs. At times they worked, but other times they were completely redundant and spoiled the moment. I really hope that they edit out about 90% of the narration before this film is released internationally.

but those are only minor criticisms - overall, it's a good film, engaging and enjoyable, and with a fresh insight into modern relationships.

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