Kissed

on April 18, 1997 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
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   Molly Parker, the best thing about this film, plays Sandra, a seemingly nice girl who has one secret quirk: She likes making love to the corpses at the funeral home at which she works. But hers remains an orderly existence until she meets Matt (Peter Outerbridge), who learns her secret and begins to clamor to be let into her world. Canadian filmmaker Lynne Stopkewich, making her feature debut, has chosen to adapt a provocative short story by author Barbara Gowdy, but she hasn't hit on a proper tone for a necrophiliac comedy.
   "Kissed" is neither as disturbing as "Repulsion" nor as blackly humorous as "Heathers," two superior movies it could have chosen to emulate. instead, Stopkewich steers a bland course straight down the middle, not even attempting to delve into why Sandra has this gruesome tendency. Unthinkably, Stopkewich has actually managed to render her most taboo subject as something safe. Starring Molly Parker and Peter Outerbridge. Directed by Lynne Stopkewich. Written by Lynee Stopkewich and Angus Fraser. Produced by Dean English and Lynne Stopkewich. A Goldwyn release. Drama. Running time: 80 min. Screened at the Toronto fest
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