Kisses: movie review
Two woebegone Irish kids flee to Dublin in 'Kisses,' a whimsical film with a hint of magical-realism.
Lance Daly’s “Kisses” is a marginally sweet movie about two woebegone Irish kids, Kylie amd Dylan (played by Kelly O’Neill and Shane Curry), who flee their violent, poverty-row families and run away to Dublin. There they encounter scruffy street musicians and con artists and thugs, and yet the mood is somewhat idyllic.Skip to next paragraph
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The film begins in black and white but fades to color in the Dublin scenes. This is a rather literal-minded but surprisingly effective rendition of the kids’ predicament, perhaps because it’s in keeping with the rest of the film’s whimsical, vaguely, magical-realist mood. O’Neill and Curry, both heretofore nonactors, can’t put across much more than a single emotion at a time, but their amateurishness isn’t as annoying as it might have been in a movie with higher aspirations and artistry. Grade: B- (Unrated.)