Thursday, May 28, 2009

Come Give Me A {French} Kiss

I saw "Un baiser s'il vous plait" ("Shall We Kiss?") earlier in the week with my friend D. It's a quirky French comedy that explores the oft complicated relationships between men and women, but it goes one step further. (We already know that men are from Mars. Period.) Specifically, as the title of the movie implies, it explores the relationships between men and women that are oft even more complicated after a kiss is exchanged.

The exploration of the role of the kiss adds an interesting element. Instead of looking at the usual relationship pitfalls between men and women, the kiss, itself, is at the center of the plot.

What a complicated character, too, that kiss is! After all, a kiss isn't always a simple thing, for it has the power to transform relationships. While it can be a plain token of affection between - say - mother and child - it also has the dichotomous power to begin or end a relationship, intensify or bore an attraction, enchant or ruin a connection.

This plot is full of twists and turns that will keep you entertained and curious for more. It relies on hilarity, irony, sadness, deception and truth to tell its tale, one that comes full circle by the end of the story (and yet - in a funny way - it still leaves things open for interpretation).

The lesson for me? "A kiss is still a kiss" no matter how you dish it out.

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