Kiss is a long (114 minutes), but fast-paced, Italian romantic comedy
directed by Gabriele Muccino. It
tells the story of thirty year-old Carlo (Stefano Accorsi) and his
girl friend of three years, now pregnant, Giulia (Giovanna
Mezzogiorno), along with Carlo’s four friends, all of whom are going
through crises developing into, and accepting the responsibilities of
(Georgio Pasotti), who doesn’t like his new fatherhood and wants out
of his volatile marriage with Livia (Sabrina Impacciatore), who never
stops nagging him. Or
Paolo (Claudio Santamaria), who foolishly continues his pursuit of a
former girl friend, who dumped him, and is additionally burdened by
his dying father and his hatred of his apparent anointment as
successor to run the family business.
The other two are similarly bothered. They all want to run away
from their adulthood by buying an old camper and driving it to some
far-off, exotic land.
starts out as a contented domestic relationship with the beautiful
Giulia, Carlo becomes enamored of eighteen-year-old Francesca (Martino
Stella), who comes on to him at Marco’s wedding.
Carlo’s head is turned and he’s easily pulled into pursuing
the gorgeous high school temptress, despite Giulia’s promise to kill
him if he ever cheated on her.
this film has relationship problems and that includes Giula’s
mother, Anna (Stefania Sandrellia) who constantly complains that her
husband of three decades, Emelia (Luigi Diberti), pays no attention to
her. She desperately goes
in search of romance with a younger lover, Eugenio (Luigi Diberti),
outside her marriage. Eugenio
handles her pursuit with devastating gentleness.
directed a snappy, intellectual comedy. The smart, upbeat music,
composed by Paolo Buonvino, quick cuts, and clever dialogue combine to
seamlessly create an involving entertainment with bite.
The dialogue and the cuts are so swift that your attention does
not wane. In fact, the
problem I had was that the dialogue is so quick and snappy that the
subtitles didn’t remain on the screen long enough to read them and
watch the actors at the same time.
Unless you’re a speed-reader, you either have to miss the
acting or some of the dialogue. And
you don’t want to miss watching Giulia’s blazing eyes near the
this is a clever, wise examination of maturation and relationships,
told in a comical vein. It’s
an enjoyable, well-written, intelligent film that continues to
surprise and entertain right up to the last second.