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Candice longs to escape the boredom of her seaside town, but when a boy she dreams about turns up in real life, she becomes involved with a dangerous local gang.
26 December 1961, Corrinshego, Newry, Northern Ireland, UK
1954, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
October 02, 2017For a film so assured, stylised and well-paced, [Aoife] McArdle has certainly made an impressive, and memorable, debut. Let's hope she has more stories to tell. Kissing Candice is not to be missed.
September 21, 2017Freed from the constraints of shorter formats, McArdle rushes around her 102-minute runtime with all the curious abandon of a goldfish moved from a small bowl to a massive aquarium.
September 29, 2017The story goes from dumb to dumber, and never has a grip on Candice's opaque if intensely physical presence, let alone her character.
March 01, 2018The result is a film that's much more about mood than story.
October 02, 2017If nothing else its sense of dread is palpable throughout, the lighting and score simultaneously beautiful and panic inducing. It's best when wholly experiential.
June 21, 2018It is to McArdle's credit that Kissing Candice keeps asks questions worth disentangling.
January 25, 2018With its fractured, elliptical narrative, Kissing Candice uses its form to perfectly illustrate its content.
June 26, 2018Uncertainty in the storytelling during the final segment doesn't derail this brilliant debut, which is a visual treat that demands to be seen on the big screen.
June 21, 2018It's enigmatic, transgressive and full of maverick visual flair but Kissing Candice may leave you looking for answers. Possibly McArdle's intention all along.
June 21, 2018Towards the end, Kissing Candice loses narrative shape, but not before it has given its audience memorable, sensuous images.
June 22, 2018The end result is a visual thrill and marks Aoife McArdle as one to keep any eye on.
June 26, 2018As is her wont, [writer/director McArdle] is intent on mood, with atmosphere, cinematography and soundtrack reigning over proceedings, but at the expense of the story.