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Kiss Me Before It Blows Up

Country: Germany | Israe, Language: English | German | Hebrew | Arabic, 105 mins

Original Title

Kiss Me Kosher
  • Director: Shirel Peleg
  • Writer: Shirel Peleg
  • Producer: Chevy Chen; Christine G*nther

CGiii Comment

A rom-com...which relies entirely on cultural differences for its comedy...oops. These [extreme] differences are perhaps a step too far for the given material...with anti-semitism, anti-gentilism and racism being the driving forces behind the supposed [and, at times, bizzare] slapstick surprises, there is very little in the way of laughs. Some lines will - indeed - leave you with a blank and befuddled facial expression.

Needless to say, it is jam-packed full of stereotypes...unconvincing performances and scenarios...and, the gay brother with the camera is just a bloody nuisance. Perhaps Shirel Peleg ought to have watched 1967's double Oscar-winning Guess Who's Coming to Dinner before she put pen to paper and - most definitely - before the cameras started to roll. 

A head-scratchingly, peculiar film.


KISS ME BEFORE IT BLOWS UP//Trailer from Shirel Peleg on Vimeo.

The(ir) Blurb...

A subversive love story between clashing cultures and families, KISS ME BEFORE IT BLOWS UP is a romantic misadventure crossing all borders. When two generations of Israeli women fall for a German woman and a Palestinian man, chaos follows. What happens with lovers who don't fit but do belong together? When Maria lands in Tel Aviv from Germany and arrives at her lover Shira's apartment, one small mis-step starts a romantic journey of mythic proportions as Shira accepts a non-proposal of marriage. Upon meeting, their two families immediately collide over a shared historical past and the prospect of a combined future, while the second pair of lovers unexpectedly reflect yet another wide gap romance must bridge. Now it's Shira's fiercely independent, sardonic grandmother Berta's turn to test the very limits of love, conflict and circumstances.

Cast & Characters

Moran Rosenblatt as Shira Shalev
Luise Wolfram as Maria Müller
Rivka Michaeli as Berta Posnansky
Juliane Köhler as Petra Müller
Bernhard Schütz as Hans Müller
Irit Kaplan as Ora Shalev
Salim Dau as Ibrahim Hamati
Eyal Shikratzi as Liam Shalev
Aviv Pinkas as Ella Shalev
John Carroll Lynch as Ron Shalev
Naama Amit as Adi Schnieder-Yarkoni
Sarah Markowitz as Rachel Schnieder-Yarkoni
Sivan Talmor as The Band Singer
Barak Hener as The Band Trumpet
Daniel Sapir as The Band Bassist