I know we’re all about the mystery and suspense here at NYUS. Which is why I’m posting a link to this kissing movie.
Maybe you’ve seen it already?
Lots of views, especially after the NYT did a blurb on it. Some people didn’t like learning it was part of an ad campaign for clothes. I think that shows exactly how effective the film is.
Here’s the premise: Ten strangers. Paired off into five couples. Cameras roll. Now kiss.
The fun of the film isn’t necessarily watching the people kiss. Cameras have a hard time getting close enough to show what’s happening when people really kiss--lips mashing against each other, noses in the way, insides getting tingly. Although the filmmaker does a good job of cutting back and forth between the couples, giving the viewer just enough of a snippet to let our minds fill in the scene: a lip tugged between teeth, a hand touching a cheek. Exactly like writing, it's all in the details.
What I love is the moment before, and the moment after, each set of strangers kiss. The film captures the awkwardness of exchanging an intimacy with an unknown, and that weird moment when they must return to being strangers. I’ve watched a dozen time and find something new each time in the body language or the flashes of dialogue.
Notice how they address the person behind the camera, instead of the person they are about to kiss? They reveal their vulnerability in all these tiny ways and it’s completely endearing-- taking a step back, touching fingers, laughing. “It’s actually pretty scary,” one man says to his partner.
Near the end, after their kiss one man says, “I just want to hug you.” And turning away from the camera, his partner answers so softly it's hard for us to hear, “OK.”
I think the film does a great job of capturing the suspense and mystery of what happens between people—and isn’t that the best kind?
Here’s a link to the NYT article, if you’d like to read about it. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/14/business/media/a-kiss-is-just-a-kiss-unless-its-an-ad-for-a-clothing-company.html?_r=0