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Kisses (2008)

Shane Curry , Lance Daly  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shane Curry
  • Directors: Lance Daly
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Oscilloscope
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y7F1M8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,965 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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On the fringes of Dublin two kids, Kylie and Dylan, live in a suburban housing estate devoid of life, colour and the prospect of escape. Kylie lives with five other siblings and her overworked mother. Next door, Dylan lives in the shadow of an alcoholic father and the memory of an elder brother who ran away from home two years earlier. After a violent altercation with his father, Dylan runs away from home and Kylie decides to run away with him. Together they make their way to the magical night time lights of inner city Dublin, to search for Dylan's brother, and in the hope of finding, through him, the possibility of a new life. Lance Daly's vision of Dublin, as seen through the innocent eyes of our protagonists, is a kaleidoscope of magic, wonder and mystery. But as the night wears on, and Dublin takes on a darker character, the two kids have to rely on the kindness of strangers, the advice of Bob Dylan and their trust in each other to survive the night.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Kiss is all I have to give: A Christmas Story December 20, 2010
Some may balk at naming this a Christmas movie because of the subject matter, while others will see the reason for terming this very near perfect film as such. First, it takes place at Christmas, and second it is a story as sweet as the Gift of the Magi as far as different tales on the concept of gift giving. Lance Daly both wrote and directed KISSES and cast two extraordinary young actors in the main roles. His use of black and white to color in filming and his decision to focus the musical score on the works of Bob Dylan are two further bits of evidence that this is a man with a solid career before him.

In an unnamed little town in Ireland adjoining families live in rather squalid psychological conditions. Kylie (Kelly O'Neill) lives with her parents and siblings in a state of constant bickering and chaos: Kylie's uncle has in the past added his own brand of psychological trauma to her life as we hear later in the film. Next door lives Dylan (Shane Curry), a lad Kylie's age who lives with a severely abusive father and submissive mother. It is Christmas Eve and there is not a bit of joy in the air: Kylie is sent off to walk the baby and is verbally abused by schoolmates while Dylan finally is fed up with his father's behavior (Paul Roe) and after a scuffle flees out the window - with Kylie's help. The two youngsters cannot bear their disgusting family situations and off they go, finding a ride with a riverboat dredger captain (David Bendito) who introduces the to the songs of Bob Dylan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended June 21, 2010
By R Zern
Kisses is an entertaining and unique film. It was interesting to watch the story of two Irish kids that run away from home unravel. Experiencing the journey with them is thoroughly enjoyable and exciting, yet believable and did not seem far-fetched.

I loved the character of Kylie. Her very expressive spirit definitely added to the storyline and made for an interesting character. Dylan's apathetic, yet pensive essence was a nice contrast to Kylie's character. The acting by Kelly O'Neill and Shane Curry was remarkable, and they definitely need to be commended.

The mood of the film was directly correlated with the music, and fortunately, the music was perfect to set the mood. I'm glad that I had a chance to watch it. I especially loved all of the Bob Dylan references.

I highly recommend Kisses!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A journey you won't forget! June 28, 2010
And I feel like watching it again, right away!!!

From the very first moment until the very end, the two kids,Dylan and Kylie take us on an emotional journey while they're trying to escape their futile lives.
Great acting and a very dynamic picture language create a magical atmosphere.

Definitely not only for Bob Dylan and Dublin fans!

Eine mitreissende Geschichte ueber die Sehnsucht zweier Kinder nach Freiheit und Liebe. Geniale Besetzung und wunderbare Bilder. Absolut sehenswert!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For luck April 4, 2010
Great movie mostly shot around Dublin. The kids swear like (Irish) sailors but there is magic in it all the same. The summary on this listing gives you a pretty fair idea of the plotline. A few moments of movie magic to be found in this little ditty which enjoys paying tribute to Bob Dylan along the way. The title makes sense by the end. Well worth catching. 4.5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming and overlooked film January 12, 2011
A boy and a girl from broken homes run off into the city in this Irish film. The two encounter both friend and foe while walking the streets for an evening. The longtime friends develop an even closer bond while trying to survive the rough downtown life. The low budget shooting enhances the realism of the film, with the viewer becoming invested in the welfare of the protagonists. This is a strong recommendation for a charming little movie.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a dear, lovely, plain, beautiful, unsentimental film January 7, 2011
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The only way to rate movies is to leave a review. I wasn't prepared to write a review but Kisses is such a worthwhile film I'm rating/reviewing it, and doing so immediately after viewing/renting on-demand. I may edit this review, and flesh it out more after digesting the movie. But the following are my initial impressions.

Kisses subtly, and wholly successfully, evokes subcultures of South Dublin (Tallaght) and Dublin proper. It's no easy task for a filmmaker to draw viewers into his world so gently and firmly. To see and convey things as they are--not smash you upside the head with "brutal reality" nor to balk and sugarcoat. This is a film that deeply respects us, as viewers, as well as the characters--all of the characters, in their plain, understatedly endearing (and, for a handful of characters, rather awful) complexities. The acting is flawless. I didn't want to say goodbye to these characters, and yet the film is the perfect length. The characters will go on with their lives as they did before we met them, and I feel honored to have been able to spend some time with them.

What Kisses is NOT: slick, polished, tidy (in any way), fast-paced, maudlin, cute, patronizing, grotesque, or sentimental. There are no uproarious pratfalls nor clever plot devices--tho it is quietly *very* funny, and quietly *very* smart.

Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Bob Dylan music and theme makes this a great film.
Published 1 month ago by W. J. Mullen III
1.0 out of 5 stars Great film done in by klutzy post production.
This is a great film which I was unable to fully enjoy. The description says it is close captioned, but apparently the powers that be decided it was only necessary to cc 20% of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Neil
4.0 out of 5 stars Gem of a movie
This movie was a pleasant find. The two young actors are really great. The plot was involving, and the script was good. Read more
Published 19 months ago by William Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Excellent sync between image, colors, feelings and action.A vision of life through the eyes of innocence and perspicacity from two kids.
Published 20 months ago by OSCAR
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully shot, moving film
I'd heard of this film some time ago, but hadn't got around to watching it until recently. I was attracted to it because it's about Ireland, but as I watched it, I soon realised... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Ben Kane
4.0 out of 5 stars Sub-titles needed!
I completely agree with other reviewers who have praised this remarkable film, especially the outstanding performances by its two young stars. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Richard Middleton
4.0 out of 5 stars kisses review
I enjoyed this film too, but it too, took off slow but progressed really well, as we look at the story of a first kiss. Two kids embark on a rebellious journey. Read more
Published on June 15, 2011 by velly
5.0 out of 5 stars Kisses
The item arrived in a timely manner and in good condition. The film itself is great. Adults could not have played a love story any better.
Published on March 20, 2011 by Deanna
5.0 out of 5 stars KISSES
Published on October 24, 2010 by tiffany
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