發文作者:c.w. | 五月 7, 2005

documentaries

DVD front cover

Writing about web page http://www.tiscali.co.uk/events/2005/9songs/main.html

Title:
9 Songs [2004]
ASIN:
B0007SMD9G
Rating:
Not rated

It was called the most sexual explicit British movie ever in history. But we got tired of sex after sex pretty quick. Do we really remember sex clearly in each relationship? Do you remember positions, places, what your’s partner’s wearing in the last five times?

Maybe not. Maybe just as the way we remember gigs we’ve been to, we would never remember the lighting, the venues, even the companion at that time; or just as the way we remember the places we’ve visited, it’s impossible to recall each curves of the road, stone alleys in one middle aged town, specific trees standing on the walking paths. But we’ll remember the feelings, a couldn’t be told and never will be told sensation you feel in the body. Or maybe some insignificant details, but not as a whole, only small details, such as the texture of the jacket he always wears, the way she smiles, or what she always says when she’s angry at you.

That’s what we called memories. 9 Songs brings three documentary genre, porn, discovery, concert, together trying to build up a new way of memories. But life has something more to offer other than these three. Fortunatelly the director still catches part of our attention: I found part of my thoughts still lingering along with Michael Nyman’s notes flowing over the rest of the night. At least we get the good music.

Oh, the girl is from America, leaving her lover at the end of the movie. The boy, a scientist working in Antartica, brought us there to witness the continent, the ice and the snow. Those nine songs include Franz Ferdinand! (I just love British rock…)


Responses

  1. I thought this film was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen, I was gutted I’d spent money to see a porno at the Odeon. The gigs were great (excellent bands), kind of like a reprieve from the porn. Not that I’m a prude, I just would like a bit more from a film than sex and more sex. Still – it was my own fault I guess, I did ask the guy at the ticket desk “is this the film with the girl flicking herself off", so I knew what I was getting.

    COMMENT:

    You are right about the music. But I think the director is challenging how much we could take in a mainstream film on the topic. It turns out we do get turned off by unlimited physical actions, so maybe we would turn our head to something else he wants to say at the same time, such as romance. I was really surprised to hear Michael Nyman’s Nania with some of the bedroom scenes, the narrator tells this story along with such a poetic melody. It’s a passionate relationship, with a lot of sex we might not need to know.

    Btw, I didn’t go to theatre for this. I wonder what it would be like to watch it with other hundreds people in the dark.

    COMMENT:

    there weren’t hundreds, myself and 2 friends and then another 2 people in the whole cinema. I think the one guy was dissapointed when we arrived, he thought he had the place to himself

    COMMENT:

    now I am happy I watched it at home.🙂

    COMMENT:

    haha

    when I saw it with my boyfriend in the cinema… I got the feeling that… well, that’s the way it is

    and considering it as an experimental film, it’s not after all too bad.

    COMMENT:

    It was not that bad, or we wouldn’t spend time talking about it here, right?🙂

    COMMENT:

    This film sucked, quite literally. I was expecting sex, fair enough, but i felt cheated at the total lack of story or development. My girlfriend kept saying ‘i bet this happens…’ – but nothing did. There are plenty of films where F.A all happens, like Lost in Translation or Napolean Dynamite, but this was not inspiring in any way.

    Plus, it was Gruey, from my childhood doing all the fucking, so it felt odd watching him!


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