Kylie and Dylan live in an impoverished housing estate on the outskirts of Dublin, where they spend their time loafing around outdoors in an attempt to avoid their loathsome parents. Kylie lives with five other siblings and an emotionally vacant, workaholic mother. Dylan lives in an acutely dysfunctional household, with a foul-mouthed alcoholic father, an abused mother and distant memories of an older brother who ran away two years prior. Not surprisingly, a huge quarrel breaks out between Dylan and his father during the Christmas holiday. With the aid of Kylie, Dylan escapes from his father's clutches, and the two flee their miserable homes and run away together. With a wad of cash stolen from Kylie's older sister, they set their sights on inner-city Dublin in search of salvation and Dylan's missing brother. Thus begins a kaleidoscopic odyssey through the night as they meet up with all sorts of vibrant and shady characters – perhaps even Bob Dylan.
As the two youths make their way out of their suburb and into the city, the film's rich black-and-white visuals gradually begin to expand into a colourfully vibrant palette, and by the time they reach the downtown, we get full-blown multi-hues and neon signs. Writer-director Lance Daly's exploration of Dublin – seen though the eyes of the two young, increasingly less innocent protagonists – contains touches of both danger and marvel. With remarkably accomplished performances from two young, unknown leads, a compelling, confidently curt and straightforward narrative, and a most unique vision of Dublin, Kisses is sure to provoke emotions of enchantment, wonder and horror.