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Kiss of Life (2003)

 -  Drama  -  2 January 2004 (UK)
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Helen lives in London with her father and her kids. John, her husband, is an aid-worker in Eastern Europe. He has been gone many months. Helen is desperately anxious that he should come ... See full summary »



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Helen lives in London with her father and her kids. John, her husband, is an aid-worker in Eastern Europe. He has been gone many months. Helen is desperately anxious that he should come home. Taking the kids to school one morning, she is killed in a car accident. She remains caught in limbo, trapped between life and death. Many miles away, in war-torn Eastern Europe, John is unaware that his wife has died. As Helen herself is unaware that she is dead¿ Thus begins, a four-day Odyssey: Grandpa and the kids must come to terms with Helen's death; John must travel across a war-torn land as he tries to reach home; and Helen must stand helplessly observing her own existence as it comes back to haunt her - until at last she is reconciled with John, and thus released. Written by Ievute

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Very rewarding emotional film
7 September 2006 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

With this film Emily Young uses a simple plot to explore the deeper emotions of the human condition, including desolation, yearning, loss, love and grief. Ultimately the film questions the viewers' beliefs and philosophies of life, death and the afterlife. A mother of two is killed in a hit and run accident while her husband, unaware of the accident, but in the process of realizing his deep love for his wife and family, desperately tries to return from his aid mission in Eastern Europe. Meanwhile, the dead mother's father, himself still in grieving for his dead wife is poor comfort for the disorientated children. To explore the mother's feelings she appears, following her death, as a spirit/ghost and interacts with the living. Some viewers may be confused by this and get bogged down trying to understand the order of events but really the death of the mother is serving to prime the viewer to empathize fully with the family characters in the scenes to follow. The order of events and indeed whether the events have actually occurred or not are largely irrelevant but the feelings evoked by the scenes are crucial. Some of the scenes and events/images are allegories for other events, states of mind, general emotions etc. Also the events have different meaning for each of the characters in the film. For example, the photo, shown regularly in the film has a very important meaning to the mother but a different but just as important meaning to the young son. The script is left quite bare and the director relies heavily on the skills of all the actors' expressions and abilities to convey the meanings of each scene. There are a number of tremendously emotional scenes in this film but the imagery in the wood and the final scenes with the mother in the rain are particularly important. I personally think this is an excellent film because it does demand full involvement and empathy from the viewer.

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