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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Naudet
Cara Thompson / Claire
Alan Roberts / young Philip Naudet
Joyce Rothman
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Fred Winoker
Priscilla Standhope
Julianna (as Senta Moses)
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A newly promoted book editor discovers a potential best seller, although unfinished, manuscript buried in her predecessor's office. Moved by the passionate love story and drawing parallels to her own life, she embarks on a journey to find the author and the missing ending only to find an old loner who is still struggling to cope with the death of his wife twenty years prior. The two eventually form a close friendship, each drawing wisdom and strength from each other allowing him to write the final chapter on his romance with his wife before succumbing to cancer and inspiring her to find a lost love. Written by JaGs5

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In search of the perfect ending.


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Based on Robert Doisneau's famous 1950 photograph "Kiss by the Hotel de Ville". See more »


While Megan and Cara are talking and sharing ice cream on a couch, Cara says that she is really 31 and the ice cream container is in Megan's hand. In the next shot, the container is in Cara's hand with no exchange taking place. See more »


Cara Thompson: Where do you want to start?
Megan: I want to go back to the womb. My life had promise at that point.
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"The Kiss" had good potential, but the interesting premise was not realized
21 December 2005 | by (Twin Cities, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

An eager young editor joins the staff of a major publishing house and discovers an old, dusty manuscript with the potential of becoming a best-selling romantic novel. But the manuscript is missing the final pages, and the editor sets off in quest of finding the mysterious author and the story's conclusion.

There was unlimited potential for developing both a suspenseful and passionate story about the lost pages and the missing author. And while "The Kiss" was competently directed by Gorman Bechard, the good premise was not fulfilled, due to the nearly total absence of passion among the main characters.

While Françoise Surel was believable as the mousy editor, she was ineffective in the all-important romantic action. Surel appears in both the main story as the editor and in flashback scenes that recreate the fictional story of the mysterious and reclusive author Philip Naudet (Terence Stamp) and his relationship with his beloved Claire.

At some point in the film, the sparks needed to fly and the chemistry needed to be forged. But throughout the film, there was nothing truly "at stake" for the characters.

The shortcomings of "The Kiss" may be seen when this film is compared to a similar romantic film entitled "The Notebook." In both films, there are two parallel plots set in the present and the past. But in "The Notebook," there was genuine passion; the stakes were high for all of the characters; and the film included a riveting performance by the leading performer (Rachel McAdams) which linked the two stories.

With "The Notebook," I empathized with the characters and their life-changing decisions, and I felt compelled to view the film a second time. With "The Kiss," the most profound detail was in the writer Naudet's suggestion to Cara to read Gustave Flaubert's famous novel "The Sentimental Education." In order to make a film with more psychological depth and emotional life, the producers of "The Kiss" needed to follow that same advice

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