Synopsis & Film Details

In what European critics have called the best Irish film in recent memory, the coming-of-age drama Kisses tells the story of Kylie and Dylan, two hardscrabble suburban kids who live on the fringes of Dublin in a housing estate devoid of life, color, or the prospect of escape. After a violent fight with his father, Dylan runs away from home and Kylie decides to run with him. Together the innocent protagonists make their way to the magical night-time lights of the inner city, to search for Dylan’s brother in the hope of making a new life. But as the night wears on and Dublin takes a darker character, the pair has to rely on the kindness of strangers and their trust in each other to survive. Parental advisory: strong language.

Directed by Lance Daly
Ireland (2008)
72 minutes. No rating. 35 mm.

Companion Short Film

  • Lucas Cody Garcia (USA)
  • 18 minutes
  • The short drama Running Away with Blackie takes a complex look into the lonely, desperate life of Jetty. Along with his dog Blackie, his best and only friend, Jetty travels across the country and ends up at an isolated motel, where he encounters some unusual characters that remind him of what he has been trying to run away from all along.