"Kiss Me" focuses on the love between two women who are about to become stepsisters. Mia, our heroine, is an uptight architect already engaged to her picture perfect but distant fiancé Tim. At her father Lasse’s, birthday party, Mia meets Frida her soon to be stepsister. After an incredibly romantic kiss in the woods at twilight (featuring wild deer and a twinkling nighttime sky), they begin an affair that wreaks havoc on the foundation of the family’s inter-relationships. This extremely polite family begins an extremely polite journey towards examining their prejudices.
This beauty of a film by Alexandra-Therese Keining features delectable cinematography and a soundtrack that alternates between tubular bells and modern pop/rock. The bells can be overwhelming but do not detract from the action on screen.
Actresses Ruth Vega Fernandez (Mia) and Liv Mjones (Frida) deliver profound performances. Fernandez in particular superbly plays Mia as an anal yet timid woman who is unused to making her own decisions; she is used to complying with the decisions of others. The viewer is lead to believe that kissing Frida is the only decision in the entire film that Mia makes on her own. Mjones adds such grace to Frida that it’s no wonder that Mia falls in love with her. Both actresses perform their roles with strong elements of truth.
A potential trigger warning for US audiences; "Kiss Me" contains a lot of casual drinking and smoking. Although not unusual for European cinema-goers, this may shock and alarm some as Hollywood is incredibly sensitive when protecting the virgin eyes of viewers. If this is the case, one may choose to focus of the Ikea-perfect countryside and interior design in this great film instead.
Available from http://wolfereleasing.com on November 6, 2012