Kisses – Movie Review
Two kids, Dylan and Kylie, run away from home at Christmas and spend a night of magic and terror on the streets of inner-city Dublin.
Kisses is an offbeat Irish movie that has got two young stars that will probably never get known in this country, but are nevertheless wonderful. The beginning of the movie is in black and white with an 11-year-old being harassed by his clearly violent father. Meanwhile, the next door neighbor 11-year-old, is being yelled at by her mother and sister as well as sleazified by her uncle. The 11-year-old boy is actually attacked by his father and the 11-year-old girl decides to save him. The two of them end up running away and getting themselves to what I think is Dublin. I’m not sure exactly where it is, but it would seem to be Dublin. Then, the movie turns into color, and you really care enormously about these kids and their adventures. I don’t want to spoil too much of the movie by telling you exactly what the adventures are, but at the beginning they run into a kindly barge man and a street busker, and maybe even Bob Dylan. Maybe not. The end turns a little nastier, and then they somehow get taken home. But, you will adore these kids and care enormously about their story. This is the whole point about making movies as far as I’m concerned. You care about them. It’s emotional. It’s seat-of-your-pants excitement. It’s really a terrific experience. Five stars