Too Much Modern Realism
Starring: Shane Curry, Kelly O’Neill,
Stephen Rea, David Bendito,
Paul Roe, Neili Conroy, Jose
Jiminez, Willie Higgins, and
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 75 minutes
Distributor: Oscilloscope Laboratories
Director: Lance Daly
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Macdara Kelleher, Lance Daly,
Tomas Eskilsson, and Malte
Writer: Lance Daly
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Two children, Kylie and Dylan, live in a rundown suburban housing complex outside Dublin. Set in a virtual wasteland, the tract is devoid of life, color and any prospect of escape.
After a violent confrontation with his drunken father, who’s shouting at Dylan’s mother, Dylan and Kylie run away. They hitch a ride into the city with a friendly canal boatman to find Dylan’s older brother, who ran away a couple years before. The city of Dublin becomes a kaleidoscope of magic, wonder and mystery for Dylan and Kylie. As the night progresses, however, Dublin takes on a darker character. The two children learn they must rely on the kindness of strangers and each other if they are to survive.
KISSES is whimsical, funny and sometimes harrowing. When the children travel into the city, the black and white film turns into color, a device that works. There are several problems, however. First, the hunt for Dylan’s brother often gets sidetracked and is not resolved. Second, the children are not above cursing and other crude dialogue. Third, they express disbelief in God. Then, it comes out that Kylie has been sexually abused by her uncle. This issue also is not resolved. Also, during the night, two apparent perverts try to kidnap Kylie, and she barely escapes with her life. Finally, the two children grow affectionate with one another. They share two big kisses, one of which persists for quite some time.
Because of the strong negative content, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for KISSES.
KISSES is whimsical, funny and sometimes harrowing, but there are problems. First, the children are not above cursing. Second, they don’t believe in God. Then, it comes out that Kylie has been sexually abused by her uncle. This issue is not resolved. Also, during the night, Kylie barely escapes when two apparent perverts try to kidnap her. The negative content warrants extreme caution.