SXSW Film review: ‘The Little Death’ a twisted rom-com

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The Little Death
The Little Death

The Little Death

“The Little Death” is a twisted rom-com that puts us in the driver’s seat of five couples and their sexual stimuli, desires and secrets.

It is helpful to be aware that “a little death” is a euphemism for an orgasm. You might know Australian director/screenwriter/actor Josh Lawson from “House of Lies” on Showtime.

Lawson’s first feature is fiercely intelligent, darkly funny, provocative and quite possibly depicts the best “sex” scene without any actual physical touching, ever. The film is truly much more than it reads on its surface, a far cry from the tired and formulaic rom-coms moviegoers have come to expect from Hollywood.

“The Little Death” exposes the frailties of human sexuality and the fetishes that drive it without taking itself too seriously. It allows us to draw our own conclusions (for the most part) without beating us over the head with the hammer.

The Little Death can be seen at the Alamo Slaughter Sunday, March 15th at 10 p.m. and Alamo Lamar C Wednesday, march 18th at 5 p.m.


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