27 Missing Kisses

27 Missing Kisses (Georgian: 27 დაკარგული კოცნა, otsdashvidi dakarguli kotsna), also known as Summer. is a 2000 Georgian film directed by Nana Djordjadze that contains elements of fantasy or magical realism. It was featured during the Directors' Fortnight at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The film was also Georgia's submission to the 73rd Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2][3]

27 Missing Kisses
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27 Missing Kisses DVD cover
Directed byNana Djordjadze
Written byNana Djordjadze
Irakli Kvirikadze
Produced byBritish Screen Productions
StarringNutsa Kukhianidze
Yevgeni Sidikhin
Shalva Iashvili
Pierre Richard
Amaliya Mordvinova
CinematographyPhedon Papamichael Jr.
Edited byVessela Martschewski
Music byGoran Bregović
Release dates
France:
May 11, 2000
(Cannes Film Festival)
United States:
January 15, 2001
(Palm Springs International Film Festival)
Running time
98 minutes
CountriesGermany, Georgia, United Kingdom, France
LanguagesGeorgian, Russian, French, English
BudgetDEM 4,300,000
(approx. 2,200,000)

ProductionEdit

Produced by Egoli Films (now Egoli Tossell Productions), along with British Screen Productions, Canal+ , and others.[4]

Filming took place from August–November, 1999 in Georgia, Greece, and Los Angeles, California. Shots of the moon and a solar eclipse were filmed in Munich, Germany.[5] The film also includes footage from the 1974 erotic French film Emmanuelle.

PlotEdit

Fourteen-year old Sybilla (Nutsa Kukhianidze) comes to a small village in Georgia for a summer visit to her grandmother. (The specific year is not given in the film.) At the beginning, Mickey (Shalva Iashvili), a young teen, is heard in a voice-over, stating that Sybilla that summer had promised him 100 kisses, but that he only received 73 (leaving the 27 missing kisses of the title). The film's plot is episodic, with Sybilla running freely about the village and countryside, observing different people, and sometimes entering their homes uninvited. Although she is often accompanied by Mickey, who is close to her own age, she develops a strong crush on his 41-year-old father, Alexander (Yevgeni Sidikhin), who is an astronomer.

During the course of her stay, Sybilla witnesses the relationships and infidelities of different characters, which become even more erotic after most of the town has attended a screening of the 1974 French erotic film Emmanuelle. Mickey and Sybilla also see the film, hidden behind the theater screen. Some of the villagers' affairs are comic, especially an encounter between an engineer and another man's wife when his penis is stuck in a ball-bearing ring. Other affairs have even less pleasant outcomes.

Sybilla becomes friends with a French ship's captain (Pierre Richard), who has towed his ship to the outskirts of the village looking for his "lost sea." Sybilla also spies on and sometimes surreptitiously interferes with Alexander's seductions of other women, but she goes too far when she sneaks into his bed at night, asking Alexander to marry her and promising that she will be a better wife than any of the other women. Alexander, startled out of his sleep, immediately orders her to leave, but when Mickey sees Sybilla and his father, both half-naked, outside the house, he assumes that they have consummated an affair and grabs his father's rifle. As Sybilla runs away, she hears a shot and joins the captain on his ship, which he is towing toward a river. As the ship enters the river and finally reaches open water, Mickey's voice-over repeats, stating that he received only 73 of the promised kisses.

AwardsEdit

ReceptionEdit

The film did not receive widespread distribution in the United States, and the few English-language reviews tended to be negative, citing the episodic nature of the plot, what seemed to be confusing fantasy elements, unclear cultural references in the film, and lack of clear character motivation.

Todd McCarthy, reviewing the film for Variety, complained about "the cloying, overdone sense of whimsy that dominates the picture." Although he praised Kuchanidze's portrayal of Sybilla as a character who "has a confidence and physical assertiveness well beyond her years," he still found her actions "tiresome after a while" and that the director and her screenwriter husband "allow their film to be defined by the randomness of the “crazy” episodes rather than exercising discipline over them to bring cohesion and meaning to the picture."[6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Summer or 27 Missing Kisses". Quinzaine des Realisateurs. Archived from the original on 2020-09-21. Retrieved December 5, 2020.
  2. ^ "Record 46 Countries in Race for Oscar". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2000-11-20. Archived from the original on 2008-04-05. Retrieved 2008-07-19.
  3. ^ "AMPAS Announces the Nominees for the 73rd Academy Awards". indieWire. Archived from the original on February 12, 2005. Retrieved 2008-07-19.
  4. ^ "27 Missing Kisses (2000), Company Credits". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 5, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "27 Missing Kisses (2000), Filming and Production". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 5, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ McCarthy, Todd (May 25, 2000). "27 Missing Kisses". Variety. Archived from the original on 2017-06-18. Retrieved December 5, 2020.

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