In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007)
Running Time: 90 minutes
Directed by: Alex Holdridge
Starring: Scoot McNairy, Sara Simmonds, Brian McGuire, Kathleen Luong
In Search of a Midnight Kiss is an indie romantic comedy which follows Wilson (McNairy), a 29-year-old who is alone and broke as New Year’s Eve approaches. Until his best friend, Jacob (McGuire) encourages Wilson to post a Craigslist personal ad in search for a fellow ‘misanthrope’ to spend New Year’s Eve with. Without having to wait too long, Vivian (Simmonds) responds to Wilson’s ad with the aim of being with the ‘right’ man at the stroke of midnight. This film follows Wilson as he spends New Year’s Eve.
A unique black and white indie film, you can easily notice how this was a film made among friends. The conversation between the characters, especially between Wilson and Vivian was so spontaneous that it’s tough not to fall in love with them. So, kudos to the Alex Holdbridge who is the director and writer for creating such a realistic, quirky, funny, romantic and bittersweet film. Furthermore, the chemistry between the actors is undeniable in this. It reminded me of the Before… trilogy. Just a simple film between two characters (in this case four) over the course of a day. The cinematography was simple, but the black and white definitely helped brings out the emotions of the scenes. Moreover, various places and in some ways the lifestyle of LA was highlighted throughout the film which could be viewed as another character in the film.
Overall, this was a great directorial debut for Holdbridge. McNairy and Simmonds gave solid performances (especially the final scene). I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the Before… trilogy or a fan of indie films.
Rating: 8 out of 10