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Lost Kisses

'Kisses' posits a girl who pretends a statue of Virgin Mary can speak to her through dreams.

Neither funny nor especially dramatic, Italian comedy-drama “Lost Kisses” posits a 13-year-old girl who pretends a statue of the Virgin Mary can speak to her through her dreams. Helmer Roberta Torre smushes together family melodrama, broad caricatures and social satire to create a messy, undisciplined mess of a movie. Pic’s assembly of minor stars (Donatella Finocchiaro, Giuseppe Fiorello and cult figure Gabriella Saitta, in a cameo) may help this reap some affection from domestic auds, but offshore, the package will be the kiss of death.

A bored resident of Librino, an ugly suburb of Catania in Sicily, young Manuela (Carla Marchese) gets little love or attention from her slatternly mother Rita (Finocchiaro, great in Torre’s “Angela,” hammy here), or her dad Giulio (Fiorello). When a statue of the Virgin Mary loses its head, Manuela pretends the Virgin has told her where to find the missing noggin. Before long, lines of miracle-seeking supplicants are forming outside the family’s apartment door. Subplots about Manuela’s malevolent hairdresser boss (Saitta), Rita’s affair with a local worthy (Tony Palazzo) and other strands never hang together. Lurid color palette goes with generally cheap tech credits.

Lost Kisses

Italy

  • Production: A Rosettafilm, Nuvola Film production in association with Adriana Chiesa Enterprises, with the support of the Region of Sicily, the Sicilian Film Commission, CineSicilia. (International sales: Adriana Chiesa Enterprises, Rome.) Produced by Amedeo Bacigalupo, Roberta Torre. Directed by Roberta Torre. Screenplay, Torre, Laura Nuccilli.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Fabio Zamarion; editor, Osvaldo Bargero; music, Federico Di Giambattista, Andrea Fabiani; production designer, Biagio Fersini; costume designer, Loredana Buscemi. Reviewed at Venice Film Festival (Contracampo Italiano), Sept. 3, 2010. Running time: 83 MIN.
  • With: With: Donatella Finocchiaro, Pino Micol, Giuseppe Fiorello, Carla Marchese, Martina Galletta, Alessio Vassallo, Tony Palazzo, Valentina Giordanella, Gabriella Saitta.
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