Film Review: The Little Death


The Little Death is an Australian film, released in 2014, and billed as a “comedy about sex”. Written by actor Josh Lawson, who also stars in the film, The Little Death shines a light on the sex lives of five childless couples, who are all, in their own way, negotiating the intricacies of love, relationships, sexuality and everyday suburbia in the 21st century. The film tackles issues such as fantasy, role play, lies and truth-telling, consent, communication, pain and pleasure and dealing with the neighbours.

The line between what is ethically, morally and legally appropriate is repeatedly explored, as is the issue of escalation. While there are some delightful lighter moments, the comedy is, at times, very black indeed. I found myself heartily disliking some of the characters, and I experienced the final scenes as quite shocking, if morally apt.

While monogamy is not at issue here it may be that the movie pushed a few of my own buttons, especially around the deception of those we purport to care about. It’s a cleverly constructed film, and generally well acted and staged, but I’m not in a hurry to view it again. If your conscience is clear, you enjoy seeing people land themselves in sexual/relational predicaments in pursuit of their fantasy lives, or you are just simply fascinated by human behaviour, you may find it interesting and even enjoyable.



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