In Search of a Midnight Kiss

In Search of a Midnight Kiss

In Search of a Midnight Kiss

Rather than spend New Year's Eve alone, two love-scarred LA 20-somethings hook up on Craigslist (match-making classifieds) in this independent, lo-fi romantic comedy.

We head into the rendezvous well acquainted with his circumstances: the home-town girlfriend he hasn't got over, the demoralising impact of rooming with a romantic couple. We get to know her situation - not so great either - as their date progresses. There are moments of gross embarrassment, but it all stacks up very nicely into one of the more credible romantic encounters you're likely to see in a movie. Sinatra, sweet contemporary LA pop and glowing black and white photography do for downtown LA what countless movies have done for Paris and New York. [Source: New Zealand Film Festival '08]

200790 minsUSA
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In Search of a Midnight Kiss / Reviews

Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

This right here is pretty much the definition of independent American filmmaking. You’ve got the low budget ($US13,000), small cast, concerns with the day-to-day lives of modern youngsters. And it's shot in black and white. But while a lot of efforts like this end up looking like masturbatory film-school projects, this is a credit to the style.

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Variety

Variety

Performances are aptly quirky and ingratiating, Holdridge's seriocomic balance nicely judged. But the most outstanding element in an accomplished low-budget package is Robert Murphy's lensing, which recalls "Manhattan" in its B&W celebration of a cityscape.

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Total Film

Total Film

Salty enough for him, sweet enough for her, Alex Holdridge’s swooning slacker-com is the ideal date-flick for arthouse amore.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

In Search of a Midnight Kiss has its derivative moments along with awkward patches -- the inelegantly shaped climax tries to force uninteresting parallels between the two central couples -- it manages the difficult task of creating a sustained, plausible and inviting world.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

We increasingly admire the quality of the acting: Both actors take their characters through a difficult series of changes, without ever seeming to try, or be aware of it.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

A simple, charming and occasionally bitingly funny modern day romance.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

If it were a parody of relationship-youth pictures, In Search of a Midnight Kiss would maybe be tolerable, but writer-director Alex Holdridge seems to be playing it with a straight face.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An amusing ensemble piece about the troubles of dislocated twentysomethings attempting to find their way through life and love.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Lovingly photographed in a monochrome that recalls Woody Allen’s Manhattan, this is a slickly scripted rom-com.

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