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In a small cottage on the northern coast of Scotland, Megan Boyd twirled tiny bits of feather and fur, silver and gold into fishing flies that were at once works of art, magical - and absolutely lethal. Wherever men and women cast their lines for the mighty Atlantic salmon, her name is whispered in mythic reverence, and stories about her surface and swirl like fairy tales. Written by Eric Steel

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More than just a documentary
10 May 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Fly fishing, and more specifically the making of the flies that help to catch the salmon, does not exactly sound like the most cinematically pleasing of subjects does it? Well, through his obvious passion for his subject matter, Eric Steel has managed to create an engaging documentary. Using beautiful visuals, a stunning score from Paul Cantelon and telling the story of Megan Boyd as though she were at times a mythical figure, Kiss the Water is a beautiful cinematic portrait and tribute to a woman many (including me) may never have heard of, but for those that fly fish, was the name of legend.

Her secluded and traditional lifestyle may have made Megan seem an almost mythical and poetic figure, but in the context of Kiss the Water makes for a film with a genuinely cinematic feel. The beautiful visuals and score make sure that this is no generic warts n all documentary, but a passionately made cinematic portrait. Megan herself made the flies purely as a form of art and took no pleasure in the fact they were for catching (and killing) salmon, the fact salmon are attracted to the flies is a fact that cannot be explained as the film mentions, but yet hers were by far the best at this. For that reason she was honoured by royalty, but despite that remained humble. To learn the stories of her later life within this film also evoke emotional engagement with the film, though of course I do not want to say anymore.

Kiss the Water is not a film that I expect people to rush out and see due to its apparent niche subject matter. However for anyone after a film that is made with genuine passion, as well as being an informative watch but also a rewarding, invigorating and visually pleasing tribute to one individual that was the best at she did, then I would certainly recommend Kiss the Water.


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