Better Than Sex

Synopsis: He wakes up in her bed. He's Josh, an Australian photographer living in London, on holiday in Sydney, leaving in three days. She's Cinthia (Cin), a dress designer. They've met at a party and shared a cab back to their respective places, they're attracted to each other, he'll be gone in three days (no complications), so he stays the night. Each of them talks to the camera occasionally, commenting on what happens; so do her female friends and his male ones. An omniscient taxi driver also helps out. How will those three days go? What could be better than sex?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Jonathan Teplitzky
Production: Lions Gate Releasing
  1 win & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

To be honest,

I didn't really give it a second thought.

He seemed like a nice guy

and everything, but, you know...

...nothing to die for or anything.

We chatted for a while,

but it was small talk.

Nothing flirtatious.

It was the furthest thing from my mind.

He was telling me about some trip

to Africa he'd done...

...photographing meerkats.

These puny, rodent-like things.

They're incredible animals.

They live communally,

so they eat together...

...they work together,

they look after each other's young.

They keep watch, holding their hands

to their foreheads to shield their eyes...

...while the rest of the tribe

forage for food.

Then Sam arrived

and dragged me away.

But it wasn't until we shared

a cab home....

So London must be

an exciting place to live.


Apart from the cold, the rain,

the filth, the huge cost of everything...

...and the English,

it's a great place to live.

Sounds terrific.

So how long are you here for?

-Till Thursday.


-Three days.


He wasn't gorgeous or anything.

He didn't seem

to be my type somehow.

l was surprised. There was something

about him that was turning me on.

He had this...

...relaxed magnetism.

Sort of, l don't know,

like he didn't give a shit.

Yeah, there was definitely something

going on between us.

When you're about to leave the country,

you suddenly become more desirable.

Anyway, he made me laugh.

And l like that.

Three days.

It's tempting.

It's tempting.

Very tempting.

With two days off for good behavior.

She knows I'm leaving.

Could be fun. Nothing complicated.

I mean, he won't hang around.

It's for one night.

Doesn't have all the usual expectations.

I bet he wants to.

-Does she want to?

-I'm sure he wants to.

-Yeah, I think she wants to.

-And if it doesn't work out....

-Maybe she's covered in tattoos.

-Maybe he can't get an erection.

-She could be neurotic.

-He's into something weird.

Doesn't matter, I'm back in London.

He'll be gone soon, who cares?


So l was thinking,

''Should l ask him in?''

l don't know.

l was feeling pretty horny.

This is me, here on the left.


-You'll be okay?

-Yeah, l'll be fine.

-Well, l guess l'll see you then.

-Yeah, yeah.



But that was it, I really felt like sex.

I want sex.

I need sex.

I love sex.

Come on, ask her. Ask her.

What the hell,

he's leaving in three days.

-Look, l was sort of thinking--

-You want to come in for a coffee?

-l wouldn't mind some tea.

-Tea? You'll be lucky.

Come on.

Here we go again.

What are you doing?

Just sawing my arm off,

so l don't have to wake you.

lt didn't work.

What time is it?

-lt's still early.

-Do you have to go?

No, l thought you might want to sleep.

You can go if you want.

But you don't have to.

Do you want me to go?

Lie down, will you?

Oh, my God, you're naked!

Quit talking. l have to get to sleep.

And don't move. No wriggling.

l don't want to open my--

Yeah, if l like someone,

l like doing it. lt's--

Yeah, if l like someone,

l like doing it. lt's--

lt's sexy.

And there's something

really intimate about it.

What are you doing?

Do l know you?

lt's the best time...

...when you're still half-asleep.

Just semiconscious.

And the warmth, it starts down here

and just fills your whole body.

-Try relaxing.

-l am relaxed.

l'm trying.

Yeah. Okay. Okay, I'm relaxed.

So eyes closed...

...stay asleep.

What if I don't come?

Stop it.

Just close your eyes.

Just close your eyes.

Bingo. That's it.

Nice and gentle.

Up a bit, up a bit.

Now around. Go around.

There. Yeah.

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Jonathan Teplitzky

Jonathan Teplitzky is an Australian writer and film director, who has directed the movies Better Than Sex (2000), Gettin' Square (2003), Burning Man (2011), The Railway Man (2013), and Churchill (2017).Teplitzky won a BAFTA TV award in 1993 for his work on the BBC documentary A Vampire’s Life about writer Anne Rice.Teplitzky also directed episodes seven and eight of the second series of Broadchurch, which began airing in January 2015. more…

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