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A man kills a family of three without apparent reason. He arranges his own arrest which is broad casted live on nationwide television, since he himself informed the media. This is watched by a young woman whose life lacks anything that makes it worth living. She tries to make contact to the killer who hasn't spoken a word since his arrest. The two of meet inside the prison and realize they're made for each other. Or are they not? In between them stand his lawyer who is torn between his fascination for the naive and yet immensely engaged girl on the one hand and his stranger-than-lifetime client on the other. And slowly the emotional bonds change... "The Kiss", as the film is called internationally (it was screened under that title during the "Nippon Connection" Japanese Film Festival in Frankfurt, Germany, in the march of 2009), combines mystery, crime and a love story into one entertaining effort. Maybe the story is a bit predictable (compare the main figure to the protagonist of the Spanish film "Aro Tolbukhin" of 2002, for instance), and maybe it's all a bit too "artistic" (people don't behave that way); but it's enjoyable nonetheless. A plus goes to the development of the storyline which includes one or two unforeseeable twists, not least the punchline finale.
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