Sixteen years ago, it received one, and a whirlwind of controversy alongside it. His latest film, the capitalist satire Greed , has already caused a ruckus for its merciless depiction of a Philip Green-like fashion mogul. Considering who was responsible for the film , that may have been the point all along. Its presence on the DVD shelves of every charity shop in the country is also significant — pre-streaming, 9 Songs was one of, and perhaps the only, mainstream film with an 18 certificate to feature repeated scenes of unsimulated sex. That bands such as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club , Franz Ferdinand and Super Furry Animals were credited on the poster, in reference to the gig footage that breaks up all the fornication, also provided an air of non-mucky legitimacy.
9 Songs: How the most explicit film of all time exposed our deep-seated fears of sex
9 Songs , directed by Michael Winterbottom | Film review
Film Quarterly 1 March ; 59 3 : 59— A couple meets, has lots of sex, goes to lots of concerts, and then splits up. However, the film's simple structure belies its provocative challenge to the boundaries of porn and mainstream cinema with sex scenes that are real, not faked. Sign In or Create an Account. User Tools.
Show rock concert, show sex, show icy wastes of Antarctica. Repeat eight times. That's essentially the structure of Michael Winterbottom's "9 Songs," a movie that marks an important director's attempt to deal with explicit sex. As an idea, the film is fascinating, but as an experience it grows tedious; the concerts lack closeups, the sex lacks context, and Antarctica could use a few penguins.