Tuesday, April 6, 2010


At the first look, it's very easy to loathe Lynne Stopkewich's Kissed. In fact, the production value is a little bit questionable and the execution slightly lacks energy. However, Kissed's technical flaws can be overlooked in the long run because of its script's depth.

Ever since she was young, Sandra Larson (Natasha Morley) has tried to understand what death is. As time goes by, her romantic ideals about death grow into necrophilia. Now that Sandra (Molly Parker) is an adult, she decides to study embalming for the pleasure of being around dead bodies of men. Then enters Matt (Peter Outerbridge), a medicine student who is her first love ever and also a person with whom she's opened about her necrophilia. However, Matt's growing obsession for Sandra eventually makes him see that he can never be loved by her as much as dead men.

First of all, congratulation for director Lynne Stopkewich for tackling such an offensive subject matter, which means necrophilia. Although the story is, by any stretch, quite interesting, the first half literally sucks life out of us. With a slow pace accompanied by a monotonous narration by the Sandra played by Molly Parker, one might have the feeling of watching a dull documentary.

However, with a little bit of patience, we can grasp with pleasure the whole story's depth by the time the credit rolls. Indeed, despite the slow pace, the script from Angus Fraser and Lynne Stopkewich is a beautiful and unpredictable exploration of whether Sandra will change her views about necrophilia. After all, her sexual pleasure has always been "given" by dead men that she doesn't even know in the first place.

Finally, I'm not going to give away too many details of the film's story. All I can tell you that investing yourself in this movie is quite rewarding. Whether you manage to predict the end (I didn't see it coming), you've got to admit that the scriptwriters knew how to turn this to the film's advantage. Besides, it reveals a lot about how Sandra's views about love will change.

Rating: 4/5

Origin:Canada (1996)
Length:88 minutes
Genre:Romantic drama
Screenplay:Angus Fraser and Lynne Stopkewich
Director:Lynne Stopkewich
Starring:Molly Parker, Peter Outerbridge and Jay Brazeau

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