Review: My Year Without Sex DVD

STUDIO: Strand Releasing | DIRECTOR: Sarah Watt | CAST: Sacha Horler, Matt Day, Maud Davey, Jonathan Segat, Portia Bradley
RELEASE DATE: 7/13/2010 | PRICE: DVD $27.99
BONUSES: none
SPECS: NR | 96 min. | Comedy drama | 1.77:1 widescreen | Dolby Digital 5.1

RATINGS (out of 5): Movie | Audio | Video | Overall

Despite its suggestive title, My Year Without Sex isn’t all that much about sex. Rather, the Australian comedy/drama follows married couple Natalie and Ross (Sacha Horler, Matt Day), who must refrain from sex after Natalie almost dies from a brain aneurysm.

The film watches the family over the course of one year, with each month having a sexually suggestive subtitle, such as “missionary position.” But besides these subtle references, My Year Without Sex mostly focuses on the relationship between Natalie and Ross — their sex life being an important but not all-encompassing part. As Natalie grapples with her near-death experience, she befriends Margaret (Maud Davey), a parishioner who shares her belief in God with Natalie, a doubtful atheist.

Meanwhile, Ross tries to take on a greater role in the home, being an assistant coach for his son Louis (Jonathan Segat) and even hosting a make-over party for his daughter Ruby (Portia Bradley). He’s an affable, though somewhat clueless, father and husband, and you feel for him as he attempts to navigate the murky waters of fatherhood.

My Year Without Sex is simple in its story line, but nevertheless touching and heartfelt. In one of the most romantic scenes, Natalie ponders who Ross would marry if she had died. Ross tells her he would marry her all over again, and it perfectly sums up their relationship.

Director Sarah Watt (Look Both Ways) successfully infuses light humor and realistic portrayals of family life into this film about second chances and love. My Year Without Sex is about sex … but also a whole lot more.

 

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Cheryl Cheng reviewed DVD and Blu-ray titles for Video Business magazine and has a special place in her heart for foreign and independent films.