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


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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Michael Winterbottom cast Kieran O'Brien because he knew he was well-endowed. He had previously appeared nude (albeit in a flaccid state) in Virtual Sexuality (1999) and Burn It (2003). See more »


(at around 19 mins) While driving along the dual carriageway, the rev-counter of the car (the large left hand dial on a Mk. 2 Ford Granada) is at 0 showing the engine to be switched off. (In mitigation, it's a very old car so the rev counter could just be broken.) 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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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 »


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Performed by Franz Ferdinand (Bob Hardy (as Robert Hardy), Alex Kapranos (as Alexander Kapranos),
Nick McCarthy (as Nicholas McCarthy), Paul Thomson)
Written by Alex Kapranos (as Kapranos) / Nick McCarthy (as McCarthy) Bob Hardy (as Hardy)
Used by kind permission of Universal Music Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of Domino Recording Company Ltd
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Deep meaningless sex
27 February 2007 | by Philby-3See all my reviews

This film is yet another example of Michael Winterbottom's versatility. One peculiar aspect of it is that the scenes of lovemaking are divided by songs (hence the title). The film is only a little over 60 minutes so we get 30 minutes of music and 30 minutes of sex. It's fairly gentle, loving sex, with a short foray into mild bondage at the end, but it is indisputably real sex. There is a rather wistful atmosphere because with the opening scenes of a light plane flying low over the Antarctic wastes it is clear that Matt (Kieran O'Brien) is reflecting on the past, on his short affair with Lisa, a younger American woman in London. Matt is a glaciologist who spends his time uncovering the secrets of the earth's past. Lisa's background is not sketched in. In fact we learn little about her except that she does rather like sex and doesn't have to fall hopelessly in love with someone to enjoy their body. Matt is left only with a few warm memories.

The 9 songs are mostly noisy rock numbers from bands playing in the cavernous Brixton Academy, though there is at least one decent Michael Nyman number. It seems Matt and Lisa both like the stuff (they first meet there) and the songs kind of punctuate the relationship, but again, there is not a great deal of meaning.

Matt is played by Kieran O'Brien, previously seen as Fitz's difficult teenage son in "Cracker", and he certainly meets the physical demands his role requires. Margo Stilley as Lisa plays her in an uncomplicated fashion. I thought they were both pretty brave to do this and I hope it doesn't hurt their careers. It was something of an achievement to get this film past the censors but it clearly falls into the "Art" rather than "Pornography" category. I do wonder though, as I did with "Shortbus," what's coming next. I don't think, even in adult love stories I want to see all the anatomical detail. I'd much rather have some crackling dialogue or even just some nice scenery.

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Release Date:

11 March 2005 (UK) See more »

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Box Office


GBP1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,457, 24 July 2005

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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