MY YEAR WITH­OUT SEX (2009) SBS ONE, 9.30PM, M, DRAMA

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

What may sound like a hor­ror film to most peo­ple is ac­tu­ally the en­dear­ing story of a fam­ily ral­ly­ing to­gether in the face of ad­ver­sity. Melbourne di­rec­tor Sarah Watt uses her trade­mark dark hu­mour that made LookBothWays (2005) such a stand­out. The ti­tle refers to 12 months in the life of sub­ur­ban mum Natalie (Sacha Hor­ler, above), dur­ing which she sur­vives a near-fa­tal brain aneurism and must avoid stress, in­clud­ing sex with her hus­band Ross (Matt Day), to pre­vent a re-oc­cur­rence. Natalie’s re­cov­ery is also blighted by car­ing for their two chil­dren, mort­gages, un­em­ploy­ment and dead pets. Re­lat­able. ★★★ to haul Jerry along on his lat­est globe-trot­ting mis­sion to hunt down an arms dealer (David Suchet). Noth­ing heart­stop­ping, just good, agreeably old-fash­ioned fun. ★★★

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