Starring Scoot McNairy, Sara Simmonds, Brian McGuire
Written By: Alex Holdridge
Directed By: Alex Holdridge
This charming, low-key, and no-budget production shot entirely in black & white follows Wilson and his blind date Vivian as they stroll the streets of downtown L.A.
Its photography and structure are reminiscent of Woody Allen’s Manhattan and Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise, but the location is relatively unique. Midnight Kiss shows a stretch of L.A. rarely depicted on film (how many movies show people riding the subway in L.A.?)
The characters and their dynamic are also interesting, as these seemingly different personalities slowly fall for each others’ charms. While not at the caliber of, say, Once, this is a very good indie production with strong, naturalistic performances. A solid renter – hopefully Netflix will pick it up.
Running Time: 90 minutes