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The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality. The permanent defeat of life is when dreams are surrendered to reality.

Friday, April 09, 2010

I've always been fascinated by death. The feel of it, the smell of it, the quietness of it.

Kissed

A tender and poignant love story of a necrophilic.

Sandra, a loner, works in a funeral parlor embalming corpses. What no one knows is that she connects with the cadavers she embalms in a deeply personal and spiritual way. Her obsession, 'glorious and overwhelming', involves treating the bodies that come to her with reverence and understanding, because she believes that though dead...they can feel. Sometimes the connect she feels with them also leads to engaging in sexual activities. Matt, who knows about her necrophilic tendency, loves her and tries to reach out to her without really understanding the reasons that drive her. Sandra's failure to communicate what her obsession really means to her results in a misunderstanding that leaves him frustrated and unable to convince her about his feelings until he realizes that there is only one way she will really understand what she means to him.

Movies dealing with extreme forms of fetish are not for everyone and this one more so, as necrophilia is as controversial as it is uncomfortable.

Without being exploitative or gratituous, the movie works as a conventional love story set against the backdrop of an unconventional fetish. For those who are not turned off by the nature of the subject, Lynne Stopkewich fashions a good watch.

2 Comments:

Blogger redwaterstew said...

sounds gory bro...will put it in my watch list. have you been checking out the art-house theaters there

April 10, 2010 1:18 AM  
Blogger ReadnRyte said...

Salil: It's just the subject that can turn you away. In fact its quite tastefully done. Like I wrote...not exploitative..not gratuituous.

April 10, 2010 1:23 AM  

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