- 18 Jun 18
Striking Irish coming-of-age tale oozes sexuality and dread
Omagh native Aoife McArdle is already a highly respected name in the film industry, known for music videos such as U2's 'Every Breaking Wave' and Bryan Ferry's 'Loop Di Li'. Specialising in evocative, moody visuals, raw authenticity and an interest in youth culture, she brings all this and more to her feature debut Kissing Candice, an unconventional coming-of-age border drama.
Ann Skelly plays 17-year-old Candice, a girl feeling trapped and unfulfilled in her rough town, where gangs of young men roam the streets looking for trouble. Candice's police officer father (John Lynch) is overbearingly protective, leading his daughter to escape into fantasy. These daydreams are heightened by her epilepsy, which induces moments of sensory overload and hallucination, which McArdle plays with beautifully.
Rows of streetlights become roads of light in the sky; dread-filled scenarios are cloaked in red; and organ music plays ominously during moments of transgression, alluding to the role religion plays in this border town. The humming score, meanwhile, feels like an electrical charge - or the blood pulsing in your veins.