Kissing on the Mouth | Chicago Reader

Kissing on the Mouth

This huge, messy blob of a movie by Chicago director Joe Swanberg intentionally wallows in amateur digital verite. Improvised and photographed by its four actors in uncomfortably close, warts-and-all intimacy and filled with uneroticized nudity and sex (genitals exhibited up close and personal in both bathroom and bedroom modes), it almost forces us to ask how much reality is too much. Yet the combination of all-too-corporeal naked human bodies and inchoate ruminations on the nature of relationships ultimately becomes an affirmation of unfetishized flesh that harks back to Warhol and his memorable experiments in cinematic transparency, achieving Swanberg's avowed purpose of “reclaiming images from pornography” and placing them squarely in the realm of the banal. 78 min.

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