In keeping with its deliberately unmelodramatic presentation, Kissed is surprisingly low key dramatically. It never even develops a story until about a third of the way in. Although when it does, it forms an amusingly sly sense of black humour like the scenes with boyfriend Peter Outerbridge trying to understand Molly Parkers obsession. (Although here the plot seems to have been closely modelled on Buttgereits NEKRomantik 2 ). Molly Parker, of incredibly watery looks, gives a fine performance of strength and depth. One can see she is clearly an actress with potential as she proved the year following this in the stunning tv adaptation of Dean R. Koontzs Intensity (1997) and later in tvs Deadwood (2004-6).
The necrophile subject matter naturally made Kissed a difficult sell in the US market. After playing some festivals, the film was eventually released to video in 1999. However, there all the scenes that even suggested Molly Parker was naked in the vicinity of the corpses ended up being cut out.
Lynne Stopkewich and Molly Parker later reteamed for Suspicious River (2000), a similar sexually troubled film in which Parker plays a small-town married woman who leads a secret life as a prostitute. Since the 2000s, Stopkewich has only directed for television. Her one other film of interest is as producer of Control Alt Delete (2008) about a man who develops a fetish with having sex with computers.
(Nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay at this sites Best of 1996 Awards).
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