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The Kiss (2003)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Gorman Bechard
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terence Stamp ... Philip Naudet
Francoise Surel ... Cara Thompson / Claire
Eliza Dushku ... Megan
Billy Zane ... Alan Roberts / young Philip Naudet
Illeana Douglas ... Joyce Rothman
Steven Gilborn ... Mumford
William Mapother ... Peter
Jossie Thacker Jossie Thacker ... Nurse
Steven Houska Steven Houska ... Fred Winoker
Patty McCormack ... Priscilla Standhope
Senta Moses Mikan ... Julianna (as Senta Moses)
Gary Bullock ... Donald Kellermen
Gerry McIntyre Gerry McIntyre ... Darryl
Jennifer Echols ... Post Mistress
Beans Morocco Beans Morocco ... Walt
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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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friendship | true love | novel | See All (3) »

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In search of the perfect ending.

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USA

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English

Release Date:

19 August 2005 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Befejezetlen kézirat See more »

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

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I'm not sure if this counts, but at one point, Cara is signing a letter to send to the author and putting it in a priority mail envelope. She then folds the edge over to seal it, but she never removed the protective strip, so it wouldn't have stuck. See more »

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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 lavatchSee 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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