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by Helen Belli (subscribe)
I am now living in Kariong on the Central Coast
Published October 9th 2014
La Petite Mort, French slang for an organism. A comedy about sexual fantasies, but nothing like the title suggests.

Josh Lawson, writer, director and actor is frank about his decision to write the film during a dinner party conversation. One guest talked about one of the taboos subjects at table, no religion, politics or sex at dinner. One guest explored the fantasy of rape during organism. Lawson then decided to research paraphilia and the result is five stories that bind the film together. To quote Lawson, 'if you are an Australian who doesn't like Australian films, then this is the film you should watch.'

Caution. Beware of what you want, it may kill you. The film isn't about shocking the viewer, it's about couples who trust each other enough to reveal their deepest desires to partners they truly love. Boarder line erotic, it is both poignant and belly laughingly funny.
All five middle class couples live in the same street. The stories intertwine as these fantasies are enacted. When can rape, organised by your partner, be funny and then go horribly wrong? How do can you tell the people living in your street that by law you must tell them you are a convicted sex offender? Leave it to Lawson.

Fast dialog and great cinematography with lots left to the imagination maybe frustrating to some viewers, but makes for great cinema.

The final sequence is touchingly awkward to watch, but leaves the viewer in a happy place. Then comes the 'oh! God no 'moment. Let me encourage you not to look away for one second, or get ready to leave early, you will miss an unforgettable ending. Like your reviewer, dear reader, you might want to see it again.
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Why? A funny Australian film
When: Out Now
Where: In Cinemas
Cost: Prices vary
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