In an effort to save their sex-starved relationship, David and Kate decide to raise the stakes: have sex that night or break up.

A simple storyline can go a long way, depending on how the story is told. Michael Callahan tells the simple story of David and Kate who get caught up in the mundane cycles of a relationship, where even sex seems like a burden. It’s a situation that touches many couples, and Michael wanted to capture the uneasy moments where the relationships slowly fade away.

I wanted to explore the “undramatic” ways many relationships end. Over time, two people can grow apart as they either organically change and become incompatible, or learn that they were never right for each other in the first place.

Michael shot the film in the most extreme subtleness, with a touch of humor and ever rising hidden tensions, while remarkably keeping the pace of this couple’s lives on the frontline. The fishtail ending brilliantly flattens out like a deflating balloon, mimicking the sad reality of most real life ended relationships.

I believe this kind of ending can be even more painful than a “dramatic” one – there’s no climactic conclusion, no definitive closure. Most breakups are slow, messy, and confusing, capped by painful epiphanies that can take years to manifest.

‘We’re Having Sex’ is a richly executed film with stellar performances from Brandon Bales and Hannah Pearl Utt who ride us through the emotions without a brink.