HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Invisible Man, The
Honey Boy
System Crasher
Judy & Punch
Bacurau
Battling Butler
Vivarium
Seven Chances
Dogs Don't Wear Pants
Navigator, The
Knives Out
Hit!
Charlie's Angels
Passport to Shame
Le Mans '66
Keep Fit
Doctor Sleep
Friend or Foe
Brass Target
Mine and the Minotaur, The
Sky Pirates
Syncopation
Sea Children, The
Ghost of a Chance, A
Go Kart Go
Great Buster, The
Seventy Deadly Pills
Wings of Mystery
Treasure at the Mill
VFW
Crime Wave
Terminator: Dark Fate
Slithis
Antonio Gaudi
Oscar, The
Color Out of Space
Last Holiday
Zombieland: Double Tap
Mind Benders, The
Mighty Wind, A
   
 
Newest Articles
Put the Boot In: Villain on Blu-ray
The Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 2: Vic Pratt Interview
All the Lonely People: Sunday Bloody Sunday on Blu-ray
Desperate Characters: Beat the Devil on Blu-ray
Chansons d'Amour: Alfie Darling on Blu-ray
Ozploitation Icon: Interview with Roger Ward
Godzilla Goes to Hollywood
Demy-Wave: The Essential Jacques Demy on Blu-ray
The Makings of a Winner: Play It Cool! on Blu-ray
Sony Channel's Before They Were Famous: A Galaxy of Stars
Start Worrying and Hate the Bomb: Fail-Safe on Blu-ray
Completely Different: Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 2 on Blu-ray
Bash Street Kid: Cosh Boy on Blu-ray
Seeing is Believing: Being There on Blu-ray
Top Thirty Best (and Ten Worst) Films of the 2010s by Andrew Pragasam
Top of the Tens: The Best Films of the Decade by Graeme Clark
Terrorvision: A Ghost Story for Christmas in the 1970s
Memories Are Made of This: La Jetee and Sans Soleil on Blu-ray
Step Back in Time: The Amazing Mr. Blunden on Blu-ray
Crazy Cats and Kittens: What's New Pussycat on Blu-ray
No Place Like Home Guard: Dad's Army - The Lost Episodes on Blu-ray
A Real-Life Pixie: A Tribute to Michael J. Pollard in Four Roles
We're All In This Together: The Halfway House on Blu-ray
Please Yourselves: Frankie Howerd and The House in Nightmare Park on Blu-ray
Cleesed Off: Clockwise on Blu-ray
   
 
  Scenes of a Sexual Nature Park Life
Year: 2006
Director: Ed Blum
Stars: Holly Aird, Eileen Atkins, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hardy, Douglas Hodge, Adrian Lester, Andrew Lincoln, Ewan McGregor, Gina McKee, Sophie Okonedo, Eglantine Rembauville, Stephen Samson, Mark Strong, Catherine Tate, Polly Walker, Benjamin Whitrow
Genre: Comedy, DramaBuy from Amazon
Rating:  3 (from 2 votes)
Review: It is a pleasant summer's day on Hampstead Heath and Jamie (Andrew Lincoln) is lying on the grass having a conversation with his wife about how much footballers get paid; he thinks it's too much to receive thousands of pounds a day considering they only play one match a week. His wife, Molly (Holly Aird), is more interested in discussing what she has just been reading about in her magazine, which is multiple orgasms of the kind she has never experienced. The talk peters out, and Jamie finds himself gazing at a young Frenchwoman, Sophie (Eglantine Rembauville), whose dress has ridden up while she lies on her back and reads. Unfortunately for him, Molly notices what he's looking at and puts him in a very difficult position, and across the heath people are putting themselves into awkward situations - all because of love...

When you think of ensemble dramas, or even ensemble comedy-dramas as Scenes of a Sexual Nature is, the big name in the field is Robert Altman, and while this film doesn't reach the heights of his most distinguished works in the form, it certainly attempts to hit the character based thorns of this genre. What should be pointed out is that despite that title the scenes depicted aren't likely to arouse anyone, mainly it's all talk that you're subjected to here, sometimes about sex, sometimes about the rocky path to happiness (or otherwise) through relationships. The filmmakers assembled an impressive group of British actors to tell their tale, all working for minimum acting wage to help the obviously low budget production along, although frequently writer Aschlin Ditta's sequences come across as activity tests for an acting class.

It's also not especially funny, although it gets around this by presenting itself as not supposed to be for the greater part of the running time, but bits like Sophie Okonedo's just-dumped girlfriend role are very odd; I know she's supposed to be upset, but would she really behave that way with Tom Hardy's inept opportunist? Luckily, it's rare for the cast to hit a wrong note, with, for example, Ewan McGregor's half of a gay couple wanting children and Adrian Lester's amicably divorcing dad acquitting themselves admirably. However, the storyline that presumably was supposed to be the most affecting, the elderly couple (Eileen Atkins and Benjamin Whitrow) meeting for the first time in decades, quite by chance, is too contrived and leaves the film weakened. Scenes of a Sexual Nature has an agreeably relaxed atmosphere in its favour, but overall it's a minor effort that doesn't really go anywhere significant. Music by Dominik Scherrer.

[Sony's Region 2 DVD has a making of featurette, audio commentary with the writer and director, a BAFTA documentary and a trailer as extras.]
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 4008 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
  Butch Elliot
Andrew Pragasam
  Rachel Franke
Enoch Sneed
Paul Smith
Paul Shrimpton
   

 

Last Updated: