Our Rating: ★★½☆☆
L Factor: Major lesbian content
Short Take: Follows an Australian man through different group living situations. He is in competition with another woman for his girlfriend’s affections.
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Year: 2001
Duration: 107 min
Language: Australia, Italy/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Richard Lowenstein
Writer: John Birmingham, Richard Lowenstein
Starring: Noah Taylor, Emily Hamilton, Romane Bohringer, Alex Menglet, Brett Stewart, Damian Walshe-Howling, Sophie Lee

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He Died with a Felafel in His HandAs you might imagine from the title, this is a quirky independent film. Danny (Noah Taylor) is an unemployed Australian wanna be writer, and we follow him through different group living situations with oddball roommates.

In the first house, Danny’s best friend Sam (Emily Hamilton) begins a romance with Anya (Romane Bohringer), who organizes a pagan ritual at the full moon. After Danny moves out, Sam shows up tearfully on his new doorstep, leaving an emotionless relationship with Anya. She’s looking for affection, and the two of them make love.

But the new couple doesn’t last long. Sam goes back with Anya, leaving Danny hurt. It gets more painful, though, when Sam catches Anya and Danny kissing. Sam’s had enough with both of them and moves out.

Boy does get girl in the end. We find out that Danny isn’t as much of a loser as the parade of roommates, and he and Sam end up together. Anya just picks up with another seemingly straight female household resident (Sophie Lee), who falls to her charms.

Much of the rest of the film involves wacky people in Danny’s living space, most of which I didn’t find that humorous. I’m guessing this is more of a guy’s film, although the lesbian relationship is handled without a voyeur factor. (AB)