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The Little Death (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 26 June 2015 (USA)
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The secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney reveal both the fetishes and the repercussions that come with sharing them.

Director:

Josh Lawson

Writer:

Josh Lawson
2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bojana Novakovic ... Maeve
Josh Lawson ... Paul
Damon Herriman ... Dan
Kate Mulvany ... Evie
Kate Box ... Rowena
Patrick Brammall ... Richard
Alan Dukes ... Phil
Lisa McCune ... Maureen
Erin James ... Monica
T.J. Power ... Sam (as TJ Power)
Kim Gyngell ... Steve
Lachy Hulme ... Kim
Paul Gleeson ... Counselor
Nell Nell ... Roxy the Dog
Zoe Carides ... Dr. Barnes
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The Little Death is a truly original comedy about sex, love, relationships and taboo. In a multi story narrative, we peer behind the closed doors of a seemingly normal suburban street. A woman with a dangerous fantasy and her partners struggle to please her. A man who begins an affair with his own wife without her knowing anything about it. A couple struggling to keep things together after a sexual experiment spins out of control. A woman who can only find pleasure in her husband's pain. A call centre operator caught in the middle of a dirty and chaotic phone call. And the distractingly charming new neighbour who connects them all. The little Death explores why do we want what we want? How far will we go to get it? What are the consequences of that fleeting moment of sexual ecstasy? Written by Anonymous

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Sexual hangups and all that jazz. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 2015 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,118, 28 June 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,238, 9 August 2015
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Director Josh Lawson said in an interview that he "wanted the last 20 minutes to feel like almost a sexual experience, so that the audience nearly orgasms at the climax and they walk away needing a cigarette and a cold shower". See more »

Quotes

Steve: [to Maeve, Paul and Dan respectively in 3 different scenes] I am required by federal law to inform you that I am a convicted sex offender.
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Crazy Credits

Diagrams from medical/ anatomical text and sexual guides appear behind the initial section of the credits. See more »

Connections

References Sophie's Choice (1982) See more »

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Do It Again
Written by George Gershwin and Buddy G. DeSylva (as Buddy DeSylva)
Performed by April Stevens
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It Takes Different Strokes
31 January 2015 | by flinchedSee all my reviews

I'm reminded of the immortal words from Diff'rent Strokes: 'Now the world don't move to the beat of just one drum, what might be right for you, may not be right for some'.

A tale of various suburbanites and their sex lives coalesce into a hilarious comedy that was not only interesting, but very funny. From a woman with a rape fantasy, to a husband drugging his wife in order to be close to her again, to a woman who gets off on her husband's tears, each "bizarre" sexual fantasy is shown so nonchalantly. The tone of the movie isn't to show these people as deviant, but as everyday people trying to live their lives with different sexual appetites. And therein lies the comedy. Taking what on paper reads as deviant, but showing it in a way that appears normal. At least normal to the person with the fetish.

These characters don't try to fix or adjust there fantasy for the sake of their relationship, they accept themselves wholeheartedly. They're so consumed by their sexual fantasies and problems that they're even oblivious to a sex offender handing out sweets and saying he's moved into the neighborhood. We never find out what he ever did or go into his character with any depth. But that doesn't matter. He's only there to show how all encompassing there sexual compulsions are, who cares let alone has time to worry about the sex offender who's moved in next door.

Open a bottle of wine and watch this film for a date night. It's funny, sometimes sad, and left me with a smile on my face. Enjoy!


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