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With: Joanna Bending, William Bowry, Jake Canuso, Raquel Cassidy, Lisa Gornick, David Lazenby, Matthew Parish, Sarah Patterson, Sam Spruell
Written by: Lisa Gornick
Directed by: Lisa Gornick
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 73
Date: 03/01/2007

Tick Tock Lullaby (2007)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Through 'Tick' and Thin

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

In Lisa Gornick's digital video feature from the U.K. four women make plans to get pregnant. A lesbian couple (Gornick and Raquel Cassidy) ponders the various options available to them, a neurotic wife, Fiona (Joanna Bending) brings her neuroses to bed with her henpecked husband, and Fiona's sister (Sarah Patterson) takes to sleeping with a series of younger men. The characters also talk about getting pregnant, all the time, and about nothing else. Gornick, a cartoonist, divides up the talk with hand-drawn comic strips, also about pregnancy. It all wears thin pretty fast, but patience pays off; as the film approaches its final turn, Gornick allows refreshingly messy moments to creep in. The skilled, amiable cast also deserves credit for holding things together.

DVD Details: Wolfe Video released the 2008 DVD, with two featurettes "Behind the Scenes" and "Cartoonist at Work," a trailer and optional captioning.

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