Kissing On the Mouth

2005 | 78 minutes | NR | IMDb

Directed by Joe Swanberg

Cinematography by Joe Swanberg

Starring Kate Winterich, Joe Swanberg, Kevin Pittman & Kris Swanberg

Premiered at the 2005 SXSW Film Festival

Austin Chronicle review | Chicagoist interview | eFilmCritic interview


Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg's Kissing on the Mouth is a confrontational and startling film that pulls out all the stops in the way it explores issues of sex and infidelity within post-college relationships. Ellen is sleeping with her ex-boyfriend and trying to ignore the fact that he's looking for more than just sex. Her roommate, Patrick, isn't helping matters with his secretive and jealous behavior. The small cast served as the only crew on this intimate, often humorous film featuring frank dialogue, explicit sex, and real interviews with recent college graduates. (Official)


- "Swanberg has explained that he was moved to make 'Kissing' as a rejoinder to what he felt was the buttoned-up quality of Bujalski's 'Funny Ha Ha'." - Amy Taubin, Film Comment, Nov/Dec 2007

Filmed in Chicago, Illinois

Shot on the Sony DSR-PD150

"I did my first two features on the PD150."
-- Joe Swanberg

Budget: $3,000


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