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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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All Critics (52) | 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.

Full Review… | November 12, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 5, 2010
Boston Globe
Top Critic

It's arresting.

Full Review… | July 29, 2010
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A marginally sweet movie about two woebegone Irish kids.

Full Review… | July 23, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

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

July 19, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 19, 2010
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Kisses

From dullness to adventurous, from B/W to colors. Interesting premise but the execution is not good.


Simple in its story telling, but visually and emotionally captivating--'Kisses' is a surprisingly strong film that truly tugs at the heart strings. Sometimes in art simplicity is better than complexity. 8.3/10

Nathan Sellers
Nathan Sellers

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.

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