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50DMC #37: Couldn’t Watch With Parents

The 50 Day Movie Challenge asks one question every day, to be answered by a few paragraphs and a clip, if possible. Click here for the full list of questions.

Today’s prompt: What’s a movie that you could never watch with your parents?

Going with another sexually explicit film here, with John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus. The film is largely set in a free love type establishment, with a sex therapist going there to try to figure out why she’s never had an orgasm (and to, well, have one). Meanwhile, a gay couple struggle with their relationship and one partner’s thoughts of suicide. Mostly, they’re all seeking a human connection. Roger Ebert says, accurately I think, that “it’s not about sex but about sexuality, not about scoring but about living,” but yeah. I could never watch it with my parents. Although, they wouldn’t watch it anyway, so it’s not really a concern.

Here’s the trailer, including an intro from director John Cameron Mitchell:

Great One-Sheet for Rabbit Hole

Kurt over at RowThree highlighted this new poster for John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole, and it’s quite the stunner. The film is about a couple (played by Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) dealing with the death of their son, and the strain that their very different ways of approaching grief puts on their marriage. This one-sheet brilliantly condenses several stages of their relationship and emotional state into a series of slatted images. It’s not easy to include the element of time in a flat, still image, but that’s precisely what this does. I already wanted to see the film based on the clips I’ve seen and how good I know Kidman can be in the right role (and from what I’ve seen, this is the right role), but somehow this poster just made me even more interested. The film is out in limited release on December 17th.