Kissed

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This offbeat outing offers a surprisingly sensitive and somewhat romantic portrait of a necrophiliac. Sandra has been infatuated with dead people all of her life. She grows up to work in a funeral home and finds herself irresistibly drawn to deceased men. Her living boyfriend tries desperately to help her.

Cast

Molly Parker
as Sandra Larson
Jay Brazeau
as Mr. Wallis
Natasha Morley
as Young Sandra
Joe Maffei
as Biology Teacher
Robert Thurston
as Detective
Annabel Kershaw
as Mother Larson
Tim Dixon
as Father Larson
Amber Warnat
as Lisa Brown
Bill Finck
as Minister
Janet Craig
as Mourner
Edward Davey
as Embalming Prof.
Hamish Wilson
as Gurney Goner
Valerie Boeke
as Cancer Corpse
Jeff Richards
as Tony the Torso
Noel Boulanger
as Prep Room Demo
Debra L. Huntley
as Dead Madonna
John Pozer
as Class Carcass
Raul Inglis
as Lucky Stiff
Andrew Guy
as Coffin Deceased
David Love
as Long Gone
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Critic Reviews for Kissed

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Audience Reviews for Kissed

  • Sep 19, 2010
    Boldly yet tenderly delves into the depths of perverse sexuality. Sandra is an incurable necrophiliac who gets a job at a funeral home and studies embalming in order to commune with a corpse's true essence, plus gains the perk of having plenty of dead bodies to choose from. Then she meets medical student Matt who has difficulty coming to grips with her morbid predilection. If those opening sentences haven't scared you away already, then there's a chance you may get engrossed with this peculiar love story. Under Lynne Stopkewich's tasteful direction the material is reduced from shocking to unsettling - scenes like a young Sandra rubbing dead animals over her body are still sure to set people squirming in their seats. She describes her attraction to the deceased, but mostly in an obtuse manner that remains difficult to understand. That confusion is the same situation that her boyfriend Matt must find himself, and with 20 minutes remaining I correctly foresaw the direction of the movie, which actually manages to reach both a sad yet satisfying conclusion. The pokey pacing is a hindrance, but the screenplay smartly knows when to bow out gracefully after a tidy 78 minutes. I admire the audacity behind the willingness to make this movie, although I have a hard time offering an outright recommendation. Judge for yourself. I am glad, however, to see that Molly Parker's career didn't end here, taking a part which surely could've been a career-killer, and has since appeared in over 20 films.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2010
    Kissed is the Citizen Kane of films involving necrophilia. it's directed very well by Lynne Stopkewich in lighting, cinematography and an emotional way of exploring the subject. I really can't think of any other film where the corpse is a male and a living breathing woman is female. This is not an exploitation movie about having sex with the dead, but an art movie about loving them romantically. The central character, played by Molly Parker, has had a fascination with death since being a child. She isn't obsessed, she just finds it compelling. It is difficult to recommend or even mention this film without getting odd looks, or questions about your own sexual behavior. But this film isn't about exploring a sexual perversion, but questioning the boundaries of love, sex, death, and the search for transcendence. Well done. <a href="http://s273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/?action=view¤t=kissed.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/kissed.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
    El Hombre I Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2010
    The great Molly Parker-Lynne Stopkewich effort about the sexual feelings towards the dead expressed by the main character. Worth seeing but it isn't exactly on the frequent play list since.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 26, 2009
    About a girl at a mortuary who finds an attraction to the dead bodies - it sounds bad, but actually it's quite tastefully done, and offers an interesting insight.
    Lafe F Super Reviewer

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