|Kiss of Life|
Young weaves these parallel stories beautifully, editing between the real world and the subconscious longings of all five characters with lyrical artistry that draws us in and triggers emotional responses as we recognise familiar experiences and feelings. The film has an intriguingly driving narrative, and yet it's also ethereal and gritty at the same time. The editing is both fluid and jarring, cutting between the family's bewilderment, Helen's serene presence and John's epic journey as he meets various people along the way who seem to speak for Helen. This bizarre structure somehow cuts through to give us an emotionally resonant examination of the unpredictability of life. And the connections between these characters go far beyond physical presence! It helps that the entire cast rises to the challenge--the script is sparse with dialog, leaving the actors' faces to convey their thoughts and feelings. Dapkunaite is a powerful, almost angelic presence; and Mullan is superb as always, taking us with him along the road. And it's powerful stuff, a cinematic poem that brushes against the ironies of families/refugees in a multi-cultural world. There's also an impending, hopeful urgency as the story builds to a resolution. Yes, it's very strange, but it's also lovely, evocative and very moving if you let it inside you.
dir-scr Emily Young|
with Peter Mullan, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, David Warner, James E Martin, Millie Findlay, Gemma Jones, Marinko Prga, Barbara Rocco, Ivan Bijuk, Dragica Sreckovic, Elizabeth Powell, Rosie Wiggins
release UK 2.Jan.04
See you in my dreams: Mullan and Dapkunaite.
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