“The Little Death” turns out to mean “orgasm” and this movie basically shows different types of fetishes people have when it comes to sexual encounters, no matter how weird or unusual it may be. I was amused and at times flabbergasted at the absurdity of their preferences but hey, we’re all weird in some level.
We are taken into the lives of 5 pairings within a neighbourhood, all in the process of exploring their own sexual desires and at times struggling to come to terms with it and admitting it to their partners.
“Masochism – sexual gratification from humiliation, pain and suffering”
Paul & Maeve – Maeve tells her long-time partner, Paul, of her sexual fantasy – to be raped. Apparently, it’s a common thing to have a fantasy of being raped by someone. Throughout the movie, Paul devises ways to enact a rape scene just to please Maeve.
“Roleplay Fetishism – sexual arousal by pretending to be someone else”
Dan & Evie – During a session with their therapist, Dan & Evie voice out their sexual frustrations with each other. Their therapist then suggests for them to try something new – Role Play. He encourages them to pretend to be someone else while engaging in a sexual act just to keep the romance alive. Much to their surprise, this seems to work for the both of them. But Dan takes it a bit too seriously when Evie comments that he played his role too well that he should become an actor.
“Dacryphilia – sexual pleasure in seeing someone cry”
Rowena & Richard – This couple has been trying to conceive for years but much to their disappointment and bad luck, they have not been successful. Rowena seeks the guidance of her doctor and she is told that it might help if both of “climax” while trying to conceive. She is in a dilemma since she has not climaxed ever since she got married. At home, Richard receives a devastating phone call informing him of his dad’s death. He cries in front of Rowena and as she comforts him, she realizes that she is aroused by her husband’s crying. In attempts to make her husband cry, she randomly brings up Richard’s late father during conversations, kidnaps his dog, Roxy, and misleads him into believing she has cancer.
“Somnophilia – sexual arousal from watching a person sleep”
Phil & Maureen – Phil is given strong sleeping pills by his boss to help him sleep in the evening to prevent him from dozing off at work. His wife, Maureen, accidentally takes the pills with tea. She immediately dozes off and falls into a deep sleep that nothing could wake her up until the next morning. Phil eventually drugs his wife to sleep every evening and treats her with massages, dresses, cosmetics, etc. without her even knowing what is going on. One day, Phil comes home with Maureen fuming in anger, accusing him of cheating on her after seeing their bank statement with various purchases for cosmetics and women’s clothing. Phil admits that he is having an affair and lies that she is someone who is very similar to Maureen but she does not nag and make him feel so lowly all the time.
“Telephone Scatalogia – sexual arousal from making obscene phone calls to strangers”
Sam & Monica – Monica works as a telephone operator for the hearing impaired. It is a video hotline where the operators are expected to interpret/translate for the deaf/mute person on the video call to the person they intend to call on the telephone line. Sam, the hearing-impaired client who calls Video Relay, asks to be connected, much to Monica’s surprise, to an adult hotline.
The couples’ lives are connected somewhat briefly due to the newly-settled neighbour, Steve, who is “required by Federal Law to inform you that I am a convicted sex offender.” He goes from house to house introducing himself and presenting to his neighbours a rare golliwog cookie (I have to admit, I had to look that one up) presumably to distract them from his spiel as mentioned above.
I enjoyed watching the movie simply because this concept is entirely new to me. I’ve heard of such things but I’ve never seen it on film, much less presented in such a way. The scenes I found to be most hilarious was Sam & Monica’s due to the awkwardness of the situation and it made for a very hilarious setup.
NinthMelody rating: 3/5