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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: December 10, 2008 @ 11:05 am

    Kisses

    Fiona McCann

    Lance Daly’s touching fairground of a film about two young runaways from a grim Dublin housing estate and their Heely adventures around town is well worth a gander. It even makes Smithfield’s annual Dublin on Ice eyesore a thing of beauty. Go see it and be won. YouTube Preview Image

    • Matt Hanson says:

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      Matt Hanson

    • JC says:

      I just thought every decision made by the writer(s?) and the director was dead-on. Like when that baddie snatched the girl in the alley and she was screaming and the baddie knocked down the boy and sped off and I thought: okay, now how are they gonna get out of this one? Of course! He’s got wheels on his shoes. The film was full of these absurd-yet-credible moments.

      I am new to Dublin and not yet in love with it. Seeing Kisses, I realized the problem – I shouldn’t have moved to Dublin, I should have run away to Dublin. Arrived by trash barge and snuck into an ice rink and canvassed squats and rescued my Love from vicious thugs and slept on cardboard.

      I saw the film blurbed as a “feel-good” movie and I was annoyed. That’s usually code for ‘gobbishly sentimental’. I think ‘encouraging’ is more like it. That sounds wrong too, but not if you take it in the sense of, ‘giving courage.’ That these two kids, who surely have more ordeal in front of them, even as the film ends…that these two kids endure, and fearlessly, made me glad to be alive, and in Dublin.


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