KISS ME AGAIN
Carlo (Stefano Accorsi) is just about to turn 40 and he and his close friends are at various crossroads of their lives. His priority is spending quality time with his young daughter Sveva (Sara Girolami), now that he and his wife Giulia (Vittoria Puccini) are about to be divorced. Although both he and Giulia have new relationships, Carlo realizes he is still in love with Giulia, especially when he finds he has a health scare. His friends are also experiencing problems with their relationships including Adriano (Giorgio Pasotti) who returns to Italy after 2 years in jail for smuggling cocaine, and is keen to develop a relationship with his son Matteo (Andrea Calligari).
Review by Louise Keller:
The Last Kiss introduced us to a group of friends struggling with issues of marriage, parenthood and relationships. Now, they are older, but not necessarily wiser, as they find themselves floundering emotionally as life throws up more surprises. It's about the bonds that tie us together and the wedges that tear us apart, through emotional ups and downs, endings, beginnings and renewals. While Kiss Me Again is overlong (nearly two and a half hours), it's mesmerizing cinema and Muccino is expert at weaving life's relationship threads into unexpected directions.
Carlo (Stefano Accorsi) is about to turn 40, but he is unsure of the future. He is still bitter about his failed marriage to Giulia (Vittoria Puccini), especially as he struggles to maintain a relationship with his young daughter Sveva (Sara Girolami), who is the apple of his eye. All his friends have relationship problems - from issues of infertility, infidelity, insecurity and paranoia. Their lives are all intertwined and although each of their problems is different, they all share common boundaries.
Angry words are spoken, silences fill the awkward moments and confusion reigns as problems arise, decisions have to be made and consequences taken while emotions are raw. Each story strain has its own dramatic curve, but none more heated than that of Carlo's schizophrenic friend Paolo (Claudio Santamaria) whose anger becomes uncontrollable when he stops his medication and the world seems to be a hopeless place. I especially enjoyed the emotional journey that Adriano (Giorgio Pasotti) takes, newly released from jail and trying to become a proper father for the first time to his son Matteo (Andrea Calligari).
It's a wonderful ensemble cast that takes us into the realms of melodrama as all life's hiccups regurgitate before their resolution. Music is nicely used throughout, with love songs such as Can't Take My Eyes Off You and Can't Help Falling in Love; bitter sweet, when juxtaposed in ironic situations. Ultimately, Kiss Me Again reminds us that life constantly changes - even when you think you know what is around the corner, prepare to be surprised.
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KISS ME AGAIN (MA15+)
(Italy, France, 2010)
CAST: Stefano Accorsi, Vittoria Puccini, Pierfrancesco Favino, Claudio Santamaria, Giorgio Pasotti, Marco Cocci, Sabrina Impacciatore
PRODUCER: Domenico Procacci
DIRECTOR: Gabriele Muccino
SCRIPT: Gabriele Muccino
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Arnaldo Catinari
EDITOR: Claudio Di Mauro
MUSIC: Paolo Buonvino
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Eugenia F. Di Napoli
RUNNING TIME: 145 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Sharmill
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 10, 2010 (Limited release in NSW, Vic, Qld, SA, WA)