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9 Songs (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music, Romance | 11 March 2005 (UK)
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In London, intense sexual encounters take place between an American college student, named Lisa, and an English scientist, named Matt, between attending rock concerts.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kieran O'Brien ... Matt
Margo Stilley ... Lisa
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

69 Min. De Sexe & De Rock N'Roll. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Shooting time for the film was projected as ten weeks. The cast and crew ended up shooting for five months. See more »

Goofs

(at around 11 mins) 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 »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

The opening title and the closing credits appear to be pieces of cut film or paper placed together to form the words. See more »

Alternate Versions

Unrated Edited Version on DVD in USA removes the explicit sex, but it still too graphic for an R rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Brows Held High: Room in Rome (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

You Were the Last High
(Live)
Performed by The Dandy Warhols (Brent DeBoer, Peter Holmström, Zia McCabe,
Courtney Taylor-Taylor (as Courtney Taylor Taylor))
Words and Music by Evan Dando and Courtney Taylor-Taylor (as Courtney A. Taylor)
© 2003 Published by Chrysalis Music Ltd
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film and Television Music Ltd
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Beautiful, intimate, responsible. A minor triumph.
20 March 2005 | by Chris_DockerSee 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

9 Songs See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,457, 24 July 2005

Gross USA:

$66,853

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,590,308
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Revolution Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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