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My Year Without Sex
  • My Year Without Sex

Foreign filmmakers have a tough time cracking the U.S. movie market. So when Australian animator Sarah Watt won an American release for her charming live-action feature Look Both Ways in April 2006, and the movie went on to gross a meager $105,067, you just knew her next movie, My Year Without Sex, wouldn't land in a U.S. theater unless it had Russell Crowe throwing a phone at Nicole Kidman.

This Wednesday at 6:30 PM, Cinema/Chicago will present the Chicago premiere of My Year Without Sex, free of charge, as part of its summer series of international films screening by DVD projection at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. It's a warm and quite funny film that, like its predecessor, quietly considers the precariousness of life: the heroine, a wife and mother of two young kids, suffers an aneurysm, and Watts follows her through the next year as she and her family try to adjust. I'll be on hand to lead a discussion after the screening. Click here for details, and check out the trailer after the jump.

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