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The Little Death is an Australian comedy revolving around the peculiar sex lives of several Australian couples, all in different stages of their relationships.

  • Maeve and Paul are a living-together couple. Maeve confesses that she fantasizes about getting raped, which Paul struggles to plot out.
  • Dan and Evie have been married for some time, but have lost the spark. Their counsellor tells them they should try role-playing to spice things up, but Dan gets too into it and decides to pursue a film career.
  • Rowena and Richard are trying to conceive, but with little success. When Richard's father dies, Rowena realises she's turned on by the sight of him crying.
  • Phil and Maureen are in a strained marriage. Phil's attraction to Maureen rekindles whenever he watches her sleep, to the detriment of his daylife.
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  • Monica works at a call centre as an interpreter for deaf people. One night she meets a deaf man named Sam.

Connecting all these stories is a new neighbour Steve who just so happens to be a convicted sex offender.

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  • Affably Evil: Steve is a convicted sex offender, but he's also quite neighbourly.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Aside from Steve there's Sam, who wishes to try phone sex and enlists in Monica's services.
  • All Women Are Lustful: With the exception of Maureen and Monica, all the women this film are into kinky stuff.
  • Anthology: None of the characters know each other and are only connected by the fact that they live in the same district.
  • An Aesop: Communication is vital to a happy relationship. Every couple that breaks up over the course of the film does so because they're dishonest with each other. The ones who are open about their kinks and talk their partners through them develop stronger bonds.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
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    • Bitter: The Phil/Maureen arc ends in separation with Phil possibly dying in a car accident. Ditto Dan and Evie.
    • Sweet: The Paul/Maeve arc ends with a marriage proposal. Monica and Sam develop a connection that's implied will lead to a relationship.
    • Bittersweet: Rowena's emotional manipulation of Richard shakes his trust in her. She tells him that she's pregnant, which restores Richard's faith in her, but it's implied by her remorseful gaze that she's still lying.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Richard's dog gets lost and disappears for some time, only to return and cause Phil's car to swerve, which leads to the death of Steve.
  • Dirty Old Man: Steve.
  • I Didn't Mean to Turn You On: Richard's crying arouses Rowena, which she neglects to tell him.
  • Mood Whiplash: The film takes a darker turn towards the end with Monica's car breaking down, necessitating a ride home from a stranger...who happens to be Steve. It whiplashes back when Steve steps out of his car for a moment and is run over by Phil.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Steve makes Gollywogs (chocolate biscuits shaped like racist caricatures) for his new neighbours in order to soften the blow of telling them he's a sex offender.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: When Monica is relaying phone sex to Sam.
    Sex Worker: Does he want to put it in my mouth?
    Monica: It's just been in your arse.
    Sex Worker: So?
    Monica: (In a sign language) Do you want to put it in my mouth?
    Sam: (in a sign language) It's just been in your arse!
    (Monica bursts out laughing)
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