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KISS OR KILL: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Nikki (Frances O'Connor) and Al (Matt Day) are lovers and partners in crime - small time. When a routine con job goes badly astray, they hit the road across the barren Nullarbor, carrying a stolen video that implicates a famous sportsman in child sex. With the city cops - and the threatened sportsman - on their trail, they overnight at a motel. By morning, the motel owner is dead. Murdered. Next day, they get a lift from a stranger, who takes them home and lets them stay. By morning, he and his wife are also dead. Murdered. As they begin to suspect each other of the multiple killings, the cops are closing in, helped by an Aboriginal tracker. They also learn things about each other's past. Kiss or Kill poses a potent question: how well can you really know anyone?

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
This is a striking film, with a great sense of pace that helps propel the action, both internally for the characters and the plotline. From its opening sequences of a smalltime scam going wrong, to the climactic outback chase, Kiss or Kill is edgy and unpredictable, giving us terrific cinematic pleasure.

This edginess is pursued by Bennett with his decision to use no music whatever. He wants us to feel a bit tense and uncomfortable, even at the very end. Some effective shorthand jump cut editing (missing a few connecting frames) adds to the look and feel of a jagged film, but this should not be misunderstood to mean rough. Malcolm McCullogh's hand held photography is brilliantly balanced, and never strays into irritating mannerisms.

The story itself is clear without being simplistic, driven quite evidently by the characters - all of whom are rounded, full bodied and complex, not the least Nikki and Al. There is also a marvellous sense of humour that runs through the film, right to the surprising and wonderful (and meaningful) coda, which is a real delight.

DVD special features include cast and crew interviews, a behind the scenes documentary about the making of the film and the theatrical trailer.

Published January 16, 2008

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

KISS OR KILL: DVD (M15+)
(Aus, 1997)

CAST: Frances O'Connor, Matt Day, Chris Haywood, Andrew S. Gilbert, Barry Langrishe, Max Cullen, Barry Otto

PRODUCER: Bill Bennett and Jennifer Bennett

DIRECTOR: Bill Bennett

SCRIPT: Bill Bennett

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Malcolm McCulloch

EDITOR: Henry Dangar

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Andrew Plumer

RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: New Vision

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: September 11, 1997

PRESENTATION: 4 x 3

SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast and Crew Interviews ; The Making of Kiss or Kill ; Theatrical Trailer

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Hopscotch Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: January 16, 2008







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