I’m really going on quite the theme in this and the last double feature. We are exploring the world of love and lust and sex. I go through phases like this where I like to dive into this world every once in a while. Netflix has been quite dry in this sense and I just took random choices as usual.
Let’s check out The Little Death and Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story).
The Little Death (2014)
(other title: A Funny Kind of Love)
Director (and writer): Josh Lawson
Cast: Josh Lawson, Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, Kate Mulvany, Kate Box, Patrick Brammall, Alan Dukes, Lisa McCune, Erin James, T.J. Power, Kim Gyngell
The secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney reveal both the fetishes and the repercussions that come with sharing them. – IMDB
Movies with intertwining stories just get me. In many ways, its because of the variety of characters we get and the different stories that have a life of their own. There are sometimes fails in finding the proper balance especially with the topic (I’m looking at you New Year’s Eve). However, there are some that create some really nice parallels. The Little Death is the little Australian film that could in this sense. There are some odd moments here and there however, the different fetishes showcased here are incredibly interesting if not a little suitably over the top.
These five couples take a look at their different fetishes that one person in their relationship has and what has caused it to change no matter the initial discovery was for. The crazy part is that it creates these tensions in each of their relationship and as the audience, we can see it more than the characters themselves do especially when it comes to their choice to pursue it. While the five stories don’t overlap until the very end, we get the awkward moments with this new neighbor who was a sex offender giving the idea of the proximity of these couples and how each of them have their own struggles.
The Little Death is a fun dramedy of sorts. There are some outrageous moments and some stories that work better than others or at least presented better than others. As a debut, Josh Lawson offers up quite some depth in lust and seduction and relationships with these stories.
Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (2015)
Director (and screenplay): Eva Husson
Cast: Finnegan Oldfield, Marilyn Lima, Lorenzo Lefebvre, Daisy Broom, Fred Hotier
In the well-to-do suburbs of a small town, a group of pretty average, well-adjusted sixteen and seventeen year olds are ordinary adolescents who take a singular path. – IMDB
This French movie takes on a ride through the lives of these five teens as their lives go out of control. Everything starts with the bored and lonely guy who has this fascination with sex and discovery and he ends up having sex with this girl who actually believes there was something more to discover that he had tossed her aside and moved on to someone else. With that discovery, she goes all out and creates this game during a party which is a truth or dare game except there are only dares and its mostly in the sexual nature and they called the whole thing Bang Gang and the chaos starts from there. As George gets more removed from the conflicts with them and throws herself into the party, she also meets Gabriel who is removed from her rowdy group but seems to hide a lot away.
This movie works because we see the different family situations and the ordinary in each of their lives and how they are very normal teenagers that just got caught up in friends, drugs and sex. This excitement is their little world to escape and have fun until things go horribly wrong and then if you are a parent watching this, perhaps its one of those nightmare moments. However, it also shows the lack of knowledge and naivety of these kids who have made decisions without actually thinking about the possible consequences.
For this young cast, its works really well. The outstanding performance is to Marilyn Lima who plays George. She is one of the key characters and we spend a lot of time looking at the choices she makes. At the same time, we also see Gabriel who doesn’t have as much of screen time but manages to deliver a character that we can care for in a more introverted trapped situation. There are a few pacing issues and some of the characters here aren’t really worth cheering for and it seems a stretch to think at the end that they did learn something from the whole debacle that went down, however the deeper message here makes us think a little about everything that happens.
That’s it for this double feature!
Something of a double theme on the theme and the fact that both are directed and written by one person.
Have you seen either of these movies?