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Scenes of a Sexual Nature

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Tookey's Rating
3 /10
Average Rating
3.00 /10
Benjamin Whitrow, Eileen Atkins, Ewan McGregor
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Directed by: Ed Blum
Written by: Aschlin Ditta

Released: 2006
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: UK
Colour: C
Length: 92

The misleadingly lubricious title disguises a series of playlets, mostly two-handers, all dealing with personal relationships, though usually only tangentially with sex. The one aspect they have in common is that they all take place on Hampstead Heath, though there is nothing especially “Hampsteady” about the people involved.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Mind you, my wife and I were walking our dog on Hampstead Heath last Sunday, and hardly anyone we encountered up there seemed to be speaking English, let alone in complete sentences like these people.

A starry cast of British actors do their best with some very ordinary writing that seems better suited to a slow afternoon on Radio 4 than the fierce competition of modern cinema. First-time director Ed Blum and writer Aschlin Ditta strive for the depth of the French auteur Eric Rohmer, but succeed only in emulating his lack of narrative dynamism.

These characters are too dull to sustain our curiosity even for the short time they are on screen. I know I was meant to be gripped by their problems, but I wasn’t, and I don’t know anyone else who would be either – except possibly at a convention of Hampstead Psychotherapists.

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