"Audiences will have no trouble relating to the strained relationships
and sincere, unrequited longing at the heart of this engaging new feature
from talented local filmmaking duo Elric Kane and Alexander Greenhough.
Twenty-something Geoff is trying to make a film, but mostly he mooches
in a video store and tries to rebuff the affections of his devoted co-worker
Sally. He'd much rather hook up with his cinematographer Jackie, who has
more than enough angst to contend with in bratty teenage sister Erin.
Then there is Geoff's lead actress, Alison – whose manipulative
boyfriend Mark is a right royal pain in the ass – and lead actor,
Dave, who scuppers the film project when he skips town to hang out with
his old mate Lee in the Marlborough Sounds – a tense reunion if
ever there was one. All eight are locked in an agonising merry-go-round
of unexpressed lust and emotional turmoil that can only end in tears.
What elevates Kissy above the usual exploration of 20-something angst
is its insistence on telling the uncomfortable truth in a winning vérité
– Bianca Zander, 2007 New Zealand International Film Festival
"a gripping and almost spot on rendition of real life."
– Carlie Platts, The Groove Guide , 25-31 July, 2007
"It's the…attention to details that make Greenhough and Kane particularly interesting to watch their films aren't about grand events or life-changing ephipanies, they're about little everyday moments that ultimately give a relentlessly clear-eyed view into their characters…It's less a fly on the wall, and more a two-way mirror."
– Brannavan Gnanalingam, " Kissy Kissy," Illusions, Winter 2007
"…a terrific film [that] explores the lives of several 20-ish-year-olds living in Wellington and uses [a] naturalistic style to delve into the dark areas of tense relationships."
– Jennifer Hutchison, Salient, 30 July, 2007
"…an accomplished new feature from Wellingtonians Elric Kane and Alexander Greenhough, where, as in their 2003 film I Think I'm Going , they continue to mine the yearnings and anxieties of twenty-somethings. Self-absorbed their characters might be, but the film is free of self-indulgence, its natural performances painfully recognisable and the unobtrusive camerawork producing visuals that resonate with the characters' emotions."
– Helene Wong, The Listener, July 14-20, 2007