Kisses (2010)


Critic Consensus: Although admittedly sleight, this gritty but tender coming-of-age Irish drama features some impressive work both in front, and behind the camera.


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On the fringes of Dublin two kids, Kylie and Dylan, live in a suburban housing estate devoid of life, colour and the prospect of escape. Kylie lives with five other siblings and her overworked mother. Next door, Dylan lives in the shadow of an alcoholic father and the memory of an elder brother who ran away from home two years earlier. After a violent altercation with his father, Dylan runs away from home and Kylie decides to run away with him. Together they make their way to the magical night time lights of inner city Dublin, to search for Dylan's brother in the hope of finding the possibility of a new life. Lance Daly's vision of Dublin, as seen through the innocent eyes of our protagonists, is a kaleidoscope of magic, wonder and mystery. But as the night wears on, and Dublin takes on a darker character, the two kids have to rely on the kindness of strangers, the advice of Bob Dylan and their trust in each other to survive the night.


Stephen Rea
as Down Under Dylan
Paul Roe
as Da Dunne
Neili Conroy
as Beatrice Dunne
David Bendito
as Dredger Captain
Elizabeth Suh
as Gardiner Street Girl
Roy Dempsey
as Mini Moto Rider
Aaron Courtney
as Mini Moto Rider
Cathy Malone
as Kylie's Ma
Stephanie Kelly
as Kylie's Sister
Maria De Bri
as Kylie's Baby Sister
Niall Martin
as Kylie's Brother #1
Michael Hunt
as Kylie's Brother #2
Shauna Kelly
as Rude Girl #1
Krista Greene
as Rude Girl #2
Shannon Lysaght
as Rude Girl #3
Sean McDonagh
as Uncle Maurice
Hilda Fay
as Anita
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Critic Reviews for Kisses

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (15)

A coming-of-age drama so Irish you'll want to take out your Pogues' lyric sheets beforehand to brush up on Gaelic mumbling.

Nov 12, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

What the writer and director, Lance Daly, means as some kind of transporting urban adventure for them is a disenchanting slog for us.

Aug 5, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's arresting.

Jul 29, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A marginally sweet movie about two woebegone Irish kids.

Jul 23, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Rewarding tale of two kids loose on Dublin's mean streets with outstanding performances.

Jul 19, 2010

Terrific non-pro actors Kelly O'Neill (Kylie) and Shane Curry (Dylan) are the backbone of the film, directed by Lance Daly, who says as a kid he thought of running away.

Jul 19, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kisses


Irish movie KISSES was one typical and enjoyable road movie with a very simple plot set around Christmas time in the streets of Dublin. It followed the adventures of two children Dylan (Shane Curry) and Kylie (Kelly O'Neill), who are neighbors, and they decided to run away from their awful family on Christmas Day.It was a short feature movie filmed some parts in black and white, showing mostly the journey of the kids,in the dark side of Dublin, in the dangerous back alleys, as they tried to survive on their own.The movie by itself was good, also the photography, and music by Bob Dylan, the dialog was pure Irish, but with the help of English subtitles, it will surely help you a lot. I was captivated how they built their friendship,and their acting which was so natural.

Daisy  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

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The shifting contrast and saturation of color throughout was used creatively to show the dull/scary home life and exciting/scary life on the streets of the young heroes. Shane as Dylan is a quiet boy whose father can get violent. Kelly as Kylie, his neighbor, is expressive and very visually interesting from the camera's perspective. Kylie helps Dylan escape when his father has another violent outburst. Like in many families, Kylie doesn't get along with her big sister, but she also doesn't feel she can tell her mom about sexual abuse from her uncle, so she decides to run away with Dylan. As the opening image of a dead gold fish shows, the movie is about some of the uglier things pre-teens could go through. They make their way to the big city of Dublin and have fun, at first, shopping at a mall. Like many kids their age, they love those wheelie shoes. They try to search for Dylan's older brother who had run away several years before. It is quite a quest trying to survive on the streets and they meet a bunch of colorful characters. They feel free and have fun as often as they struggle to find food and safe shelter. Eventually Dylan must return the favor by saving Kylie from a very dangerous situation and they officially decide they belong together. They face death out on the streets, but when they are returned home, home seems just as dangerous. You are left wondering if being there for each other will be enough to pull them through. "You were right. There is no devil. Only people."

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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