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A Thousand Kisses Deep (2011)

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An unsettling drama that cinematically captures and recreates the psycho-analytic experience.

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Dana Lustig

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Alex Kustanovich (screenplay), Vadim Moldovan (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Jodie Whittaker ... Mia Selva
Dougray Scott ... Ludwig Giroux
Emilia Fox ... Doris
David Warner ... Max
Stuart Martin ... Gangster 2
Allan Corduner ... Buddy
Jonathan Slinger ... Doug
Charlotte Lucas Charlotte Lucas ... Stella
Charlotte Randle Charlotte Randle ... Female Renter
Robby Haynes ... Reggie - Jazz trio Drummer
Chris Wilson Chris Wilson ... Police Officer
Mark Leadbetter Mark Leadbetter ... Male Renter
Sheila Ballantine Sheila Ballantine ... Old Woman
Julian Rivett ... Ganster 1
Eloise Barnes Eloise Barnes ... Mia 10
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Returning home from work, Mia witnesses an aged woman leap from a window. Scattered around the old woman's broken, lifeless body Mia discovers shredded pieces from a beloved photograph of herself and her former lover Ludwig. Highly unnerved, Mia begs Max, the buildings' all knowing custodian, to let her into the deceased woman's flat. While inside this strangely familiar place, Mia recognizes the contents as her own. Confused and disturbed by what lies before her, she bolts back and forth in time where she is forced to realize it was her very own life that ended before her. Now, the only way to safeguard her future is to go back to her past and confront the man she loves deeply but dreads most. Written by Osiris Entertainment

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There are some secrets... only time will tell


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Release Date:

15 June 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Harmony See more »

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Tomori Films See more »
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1.78 : 1
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Sheila Ballantine's last film or TV appearence to date (2018). See more »

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Mia Selva: [to young Mia] I want you to stop destroying yourself. Just forget you ever met him. Get as far away from him as you can, because if you stay, you're screwed. And not just for now, but for the rest of your life. And no amount of abortions, doctors, or one-night stands will save you.
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They always fall for the trumpet player
13 April 2014 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

In case you're wondering, yes, "A Thousand Kisses Deep" takes its name as well as its somber mood from the 2001 Leonard Cohen song "A Thousand Kisses Deep". But for Cohen fans, I don't remember hearing the song in the film, only the lyrics spoken at the beginning and end. So, much like the movie "Starman" which does not have the Bowie song, it's a bit of a bummer.

If you can get past that, no problem.

The film itself is like a blend of "The Lake House", "The Time Traveler's Wife" and "Sleeping with the Enemy" with maybe a dash of "Angel Heart" with its sexuality and diabolical symbolism. It takes a deliberately fragmented, psueudo-supernatural approach, challenging the viewer like in "The Lake House". It features a character traveling through time like in "The Time Traveler's Wife", and it revolves around a quietly abusive relationship between a man & a woman like in "Sleeping with the Enemy". Throw them all together and mix vigorously with a dash of very nice jazz trumpet music, and there you have "A Thousand Kisses Deep".

It is NOT a "science fiction" as I've read in some places (why do people see "time travel" and immediately think HG Welles and Star Trek??). And it's definitely not a "romance", unless your idea of romance includes borderline rape, borderline paedophilia and something even worse which I won't ruin for you. It's not a straightforward thriller because there's not really any terror. So this film is pretty hard to classify except to say that it's the story of a woman who is trying to fix her past, present and future before it ends in disaster.

By the way, although I just threw a bunch of spooky themes at you (rape, paedophilia, etc), don't worry because the film is not explicit or graphic in any way. It implies a lot of things, but I don't think there's any nudity other than Jodie Whittaker's backside shown through a closet door. This subtle style of filmmaking is prevalent in the whole movie, which means there aren't a lot of melodramatic clichés or people shouting & breaking things. What's funny is that the *lack* of action/violence makes the film even more sinister to me.

Another interesting spin is the way the story is very dreamlike--symbolic and metaphoric rather than realistic--so you don't get caught up analyzing plot details. For example, the time traveler is never recognized by any of the other characters even though you'd think they would. Also, settings don't change either, and although some characters age expectedly, others stay the same. It sets an interesting tone, as if telling us (like a dream) that certain appearances are not as important as their meaning.

This is director Dana Lustig's latest film credit (as of 2014), and I hope there are many more to come. It is one of the rare thrillers with a female perspective which I (a guy) find so much more provocative than the standard Hollywood thrillers about some dude who's steamrolling through the story trying to be cool. "A Thousand Kisses Deep" has just enough enough pauses for reflection while maintaining its momentum. Definitely give this a whirl if you're looking for a movie that's pensive yet provocative and certainly different from all the rest.


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