Films & Schedules

  • Kisses

  • Lance Daly

72 minutes
Black and White and Colour/35mm

Production Company:
Fastnet Films/Film I Vast
Executive Producer:
Les Kelly
Macdara Kelleher
Lance Daly
Production Designer:
Waldemar Kalinowski
J. Patrick Duffner
Robert Flanagan
Go Blimps Go
Principal Cast: Kelly O'Neill, Shane Curry, Stephen Rea, Neilí Conroy, Paul Roe

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Kylie and Dylan live in an impoverished housing estate on the outskirts of Dublin, where they spend their time loafing around outdoors in an attempt to avoid their loathsome parents. Kylie lives with five other siblings and an emotionally vacant, workaholic mother. Dylan lives in an acutely dysfunctional household, with a foul-mouthed alcoholic father, an abused mother and distant memories of an older brother who ran away two years prior. Not surprisingly, a huge quarrel breaks out between Dylan and his father during the Christmas holiday. With the aid of Kylie, Dylan escapes from his father's clutches, and the two flee their miserable homes and run away together. With a wad of cash stolen from Kylie's older sister, they set their sights on inner-city Dublin in search of salvation and Dylan's missing brother. Thus begins a kaleidoscopic odyssey through the night as they meet up with all sorts of vibrant and shady characters – perhaps even Bob Dylan.

As the two youths make their way out of their suburb and into the city, the film's rich black-and-white visuals gradually begin to expand into a colourfully vibrant palette, and by the time they reach the downtown, we get full-blown multi-hues and neon signs. Writer-director Lance Daly's exploration of Dublin – seen though the eyes of the two young, increasingly less innocent protagonists – contains touches of both danger and marvel. As the hour grows late, the city nightlife begins to take on a darker, more sinister form, and the kindness of strangers starts to wane.

The film is filled with many charming (and sometimes chilling) elements. The children's initial moments in the city are filled with a joyous shopping montage, during which they splurge on a set of wheelie sneakers that grant them the ability to glide effortlessly through Dublin's various locales.

With remarkably accomplished performances from two young, unknown leads, a compelling, confidently curt and straightforward narrative, and a most unique vision of Dublin, Kisses is sure to provoke emotions of enchantment, wonder and horror.

Michèle Maheux

Lance Daly was born in Dublin and worked as an actor, musician, photographer and editor before beginning his career as a writer-director. He wrote, directed and produced his first feature film, Last Days in Dublin, in 2001. He has also directed The Halo Effect (04) and Kisses (08).

Cadillac People's Choice Award