One of the films I really dugg at the 2008 Telluride Film Festival was this Irish film titled Kisses by Lance Daly.
In my review, I described the film as “Lost in Translation but with two irish 10-year-olds.” The story follows two kids who run away from home and spend a “night of magic and terror on the streets of inner-city Dublin.” The film is sprinkled with realistic improvisational moments and Daly cleverly plays with the saturation and desaturation of color from the frame to visually convey the children’s emotions. If you haven’t figured it out, it might be too indie for some, but I really dug it.
The trailer is now online, and you can watch it now after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below. It should be noted that while the kids speak English, it is often times hard to understand what they say due to their accent (in the trailer their words are even subtitled).
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Writer/director Lance Daly described his film Kisses as a story about “how to escape if you can’t escape”. More specifically, it’s about two kids who run away from home and spend a “night of magic and terror on the streets of inner-city Dublin.” Sprinkled with realistic improvisational moments, Kisses is Lost in Translation but with two irish 10-year-olds.
Daly cleverly uses the saturation and desaturation of color from the frame to visually convey the children’s emotions. A woman on the gondola ride home, also aptly compared the use of the technique with The Wizard of Oz. And I think many comparisons could be made between both of these stories.
Kelly O’Neill, who plays Kylie in the film, is incredibly natural and has the charisma of a young Drew Barrymore. If it weren’t for her accent, I would predict a huge career for her in American film. Kisses is a sweet and wonderful indie. The film earns your admiration even though it can be unbelievable (the boat sequence) and self indulgent at moments (one too many minute long close-ups of the young leads homeless on the streets of Dublin). And at only 72-minutes in length, it leaves you wanting more.
/Film Rating: 7.5 out of 10