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The Search for real character is over

PUBLISHED: 18:18 12 June 2008 | UPDATED: 17:11 16 August 2010

IT'S New Year s Eve, just 14 hours shy of midnight, and struggling screenwriter Wilson (Scoot McNairy) has no luck, no money, no plans and no girlfriend. When his flatmate, Jacob (Brian McGuire), catches him in a com

IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS

Cert 15

IT'S New Year's Eve, just 14 hours shy of midnight, and struggling screenwriter Wilson (Scoot McNairy) has no luck, no money, no plans and no girlfriend.

When his flatmate, Jacob (Brian McGuire), catches him in a compromising situation involving a Photoshopped picture of Min (Kathleen Luong), Jacob's girlfriend, he persuades him to sign up to online dating site Craigslist.

Within hours he receives a reply from a feisty out of work actress named Vivian (Sara Simmonds). The two strike up a rapport of sorts, decide to meet and end up going on a prolonged jaunt around the rundown streets of LA which takes them on a journey of emotional discovery and self examination.

Shot by writer/director Alex Holdridge for less than £25,000 in a grainy monochrome, the film is gritty and low key and despite its somewhat twee title paints a bleak picture of the essential loneliness of life and the futility of love.

Much of the film's impact comes from the wide-ranging conversations between Wilson and Vivian as they walk through the gloomy, rubbish-strewn backstreets. Holdridge's script is effortlessly natural and the excellent performances and onscreen chemistry of the two leads give the film an almost scarily realistic feel.

The story is perfectly paced and cut through with streaks of bitterly honest humour that at times borders on the uncomfortable.

Like the so-called mumblecore pictures of Andrew Bujalski and Aaron Katz, Holdridge has created a story rich in character and feeling out of very little and has produced a film which is much more than the sum of its parts.

* In Search of a Midnight Kiss opens in cinemas on June 13.

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