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Cross over into a world where life ends and true passion begins, where the thrill of life is not in the living but in the transcendence into death. Kissed is a “gripping” (Vogue) love story that “will haunt you for a good long time” (Rolling Stone). Ever since she was a young girl, Sandra has been fascinated with death. Working part-time at a funeral parlor, her obsession with the dead begins to consume her every thought — and desire. Her secret obsession, however, interferes with her burgeoning relationship with her boyfriend, Matt, forcing him to embark on a personal crusade to prove that he will go to great lengths — and sacrifices — to make her love him!
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Molly Parker erotic scene, and possibly a brief full-nudity
scene with the boyfriend character, are in this version and
not in the edited version.
I think that the Molly erotic scene is important, so
I recommend this uncut version of the movie.
The picture size and quality are somewhat less that that of
the edited version, but they are good enough.
I thought a few key scenes were too short, but other than that
this is a great movie.
Molly Parker gives a full-bodied (no pun intended) performance as a young woman by the name of Sandra obsessed with deceased young men. It's as if our lead character Sandra can feel their dreams, their sadness, & is able to somehow make a connection with these expired young bodies as she later tells us. For some strange reason, this provides comfort & consolation I suppose for it eases her mind that she too will one day cross over as well.
To FURTHER complicate matters, Sandra meets a young college student who is as intrigued by her fascination with death as he is romantically attached to her. Needless to say, their relationship takes an awful turn as the film progresses.
Although quite sad & a bit eccentric, Kissed reminds of us how we fail to see while we are still in the world of the living. It seems as if we only notice certain things about ourselves or others after they have crossed over or left their earthly home. Many could argue or debate that we shouldn't be reminded through a controversial film such as this but then how could appreciate life anymore without it? Watch Kissed with an open mind & brace yourself once again as you hear the haunting music of Sarah McLachlan while the credits pass before our eyes.
The acting of the two stars--Molly Parker as Sandra Larson and Peter Outerbridge as Matt--is flawless. She appeared in Stopkewich's SUSPICIOUS RIVER and is probably best known as the elegant widow in HBO's series "Deadwood"; he appeared in LUCKY NUMBER SLEVEN as Dumbrowski. A few of the other actors are adequate, but several come across as rather wooden and amateurish.
The basis of the plot is a Stephen-King-like premise: Ms. Parker's character believes that for a short while dead people's bodies still contain some sort of vital energy which is released if one "loves" them, allowing the living "partner" to know the individual, unique essences of these people to a degree otherwise impossible in human life. While working at a funeral home, Sandra has tested this many times before she meets Matt. When she tells him what she has been doing and why, he is intrigued and then wishes to confirm this for himself, but she refuses to take him to the funeral home after hours to do so. Can you guess HOW he is able to get around her refusal in order to discover whether she is right? (It makes "sense" in a way, but be warned: if somebody close to you has died violently in the last 3 or 4 years, you may not be ready for Matt's solution. You may never be ready.)
As for the necrophilia, ho---hum. It is "tastefully depicted" (as much as such a thing can be). Certainly some people will be too sensitive to deal with even the mention of the topic, but here it presented as a weird sort of SPIRITUAL THING and NOT some sort of kinky erotic turn-on for the audience--or some ghoulishly horrible act.
Again, the film is an interesting and under-rated one that is quite interesting, well-acted and quite enjoyable. I love films that are creatine and this one is definitely for you broad-minded people who want to see something artistic and not mainstream, yet done tastefully. Without giving away the plot, I highly recommend this contraversial film.
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