Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Filtered News/9 Songs takes over New York

printcover New York's left-leaning media institution, the Village Voice, has put Michael Winterbottom's 9 Songs on the cover of its current issue.

Set in London, the film shows a relationship as it develops over the course of a year. And there's plenty of explicit sex in it, which raised a few eyebrows amongst those who were not too sure whether it was art or pornography. Alas, can't it be both? Why can we show people shooting each other and not making love? Luckily, there have been a spat of films over the last few years that are bringing sex to the mainstream. Prime examples include Catherine Breillat's Romance and Virginie Despente's Baise Moi (which, incidentally, shows both: killing and sex) and they should be welcome as a step forward.

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