Staff Favorite / 2009Screened Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Gabriel (Michael Cohen) and Emilie (Julie Gayet) meet on the streets of a provincial capital. He offers her a ride, and the ride turns into a pleasant dinner with clearly romantic overtones. But when Gabriel attempts to plant a goodnight kiss, Emile pulls back — even one kiss, she admonishes him, can have unexpected consequences. The film flashes forward to a gathering of Emilie’s friends in Paris, Judith (Virginie Ledoyen) and Nicolas (director Emmanuel Mouret), and the story of her reluctance to accept even just one kiss. Wry, observant and touching, Shall We Kiss? is a contemporary meditation on the wages of infidelity. Mouret’s intelligent, successful characters freely divulge their emotions and instincts as to why they’re doing what they’re doing, trying to appear as if they’re in control while it’s clear to everyone else they haven’t been for a while. In French with English Subtitles.