Kiss Me!

Embrasse-moi !

Director: Océan & Cyprien Vial
2017 | France | 86m
GENRE: Comedy | Gay | Lesbian | Marriage Equality | Relationships | Romance
SECTION: World Cinema
Expected Guests: Director/Writer/Actor, Océan


Serial-romantic Océanerosemarie has finally met the girl of her dreams, a photographer named Cécile. Unfortunately, no one around her will 1) believe her or 2) leave her alone long enough to make this relationship work. Fantine, the most recent in a long line of exes, repeatedly tries to throw a wrench in the budding romance and finds a willing ally in Océane’s mom, who complains that her daughter’s breakups are hard on her, too. Meanwhile, the reserved Cécile can’t decide how to respond to her determined pursuer, who follows Cécile to an out-of-town workshop on modern dance and uncovers an embarrassing secret. Will these two wacky lovebirds ever find their happy ending?

As in the best romcoms, the outcome is never in serious doubt, and getting there is half the fun. Océane buzzes around town on her red scooter to the beat of a retro dance-party soundtrack; in one scene she even channels Jennifer Beals in Flashdance, in a hilarious attempt to impress Cécile. Kiss Me! is studded with laugh-out-loud moments, from a goofy closet case to a wedding speech gone wrong. An assured comedian who also wrote and co-directed, Océanerosemarie is the appealing soft-butch center of this film, backed by a diverse cast of friends, lovers, and family. As an added perk, this romantic ride gives us a glimpse of not-for-tourists Paris.


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Consulat Général de France à San Francisco

The Alliance Française of San Francisco

  • Language: In French and Italian with English subtitles
  • Premiere Status: Bay Area