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The End of Sex – TIFF Movie Review
October 1, 2022

Synopsis: A couple feeling the pressures of parenting and adulthood, send their kids to winter camp for the first time and embark on a series of sexual adventures to reinvigorate their relationship.
Director: Sean Garrity
Stars: Emily Hampshire, Jonas Chernick, Gray Powell, Lily Gao

In Sean Garrity’s last film, I Propose We Never See Each Other Again After Tonight, the two central characters were Mennonite and Filipino Canadian, respectively. The Winnipeg born filmmaker noted that both communities are prominent in his hometown but rarely represented in film. With this film I suppose he wanted to represent that an important sex life is important in marriage.

The film stars Jonas Chernick and Emily Hampshire as Josh and Emily. They are married with two little girls. Their children go away to camp for a week leaving our couple by themselves. They seem like a happy couple, but they have seemed to have lost their romantic spark. Their sex life isn’t as exciting as they want it to be, and they both want to rekindle it.

Now the director of the film and the two main stars have worked together before, ironically enough on a film called My Awkward Sexual Adventure.  As our couple are willing to try pretty much anything for the sake of their relationship, we do encounter many ‘awkward moments’ which result in some very funny ones.

At its core this film is a comedy, but it does have some serious moments as well. The chemistry between Hampshire and Chernick is very strong, and their performances are very authentic. Chernick, who also wrote the film, has developed a very entertaining script that feels realistic. I am sure many people will find the content of this film very relatable.

Many couples hit that crossroads and, in a lot of situations give up. In this film we see some very entertaining results by trying to make it work.

Lily Gao also deserves recognition for her supporting part as Josh’s co-worker Kelly. Gao has some very strong scene stealing moments and I think we all want a ‘Kelly’ in our lives.

Overall, this is a very entertaining film. Garrity’s direction, Chernick’s script and these wonderful performances, have tapped into a genuine look at relationships especially married ones and for that the cast and crew should be applauded.

Grade: B+

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