French kiss

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German title French kiss
Original title French kiss
Country of production United States ,
United Kingdom
original language English
Publishing year 1995
length 111 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Lawrence Kasdan
script Adam Brooks
production Charles Okun ,
Meg Ryan
music James Newton Howard
camera Owen Roizman
cut Joe Hutshing

French Kiss ( . English for French kiss , literally French Kiss ) is a British - American romantic screwball comedy from the year 1995 by director Lawrence Kasdan travels, in which a "former American and Canadian in-law" to France to her unfaithful Recapturing a friend and discovering a new independence in the process.


The American Kate lives with her Canadian fiancé Charlie in Toronto and is trying to obtain Canadian citizenship. When Charlie has to travel to France for professional reasons, Kate refuses to come because she is terrified of flying. A few days later, Charlie calls up and tells her that he has fallen in love with a French woman and will therefore be leaving Kate. Despite her fears, Kate flies to Paris. On the plane she meets the petty criminal French Luc, who corresponds to American prejudices about the French - a grubby macho with a penchant for obscene. He hides a grapevine in Kate's luggage unnoticed , in the wrapping of which he has hidden a stolen necklace so that Kate smuggles it through the French border controls, unsuspecting him.

Therefore, Luc Kate does not move from the side for the time being and pretends to want to help her to recapture Charlie. After Luc is also the policeman Jean-Paul, whose life Luc once saved and who now wants to keep him from prison in return, but at the same time wants to secure the chain. After a few unsuccessful attempts by Luc to take the chain off Kate, the two grow closer.

Thanks to Luc's help, Kate almost manages to win Charlie back for herself, but then gives him a basket. Even Luc, who was supposed to be spending the same night with Charlie's new fiancé, only thinks of Kate. The next morning, however, neither Kate nor Luc admit this, and Kate treats Luc with the same self-assured carefree with which she could wrap Charlie around her finger.

That morning Kate is also supposed to sell the necklace, allegedly an heirloom from Luc's grandmother. However, she learned from Jean-Paul that the chain was stolen and that Luc would not be arrested if he returned the chain. Then she convinces Luc that she wants to sell the chain herself; As a woman, she can negotiate a higher price so that Luc can use the money to finance the winery he has dreamed of. In a jewelry store, Kate meets with Jean-Paul, gives him back the necklace and receives a check from the jewelry store for her own savings. When Jean-Paul asks her why she was doing this for Luc, whom she would never see again, Kate replied that she didn't know.

Luc is disappointed with the supposedly low price, but is still happy. Kate is leaving for the airport, supposedly because Charlie is waiting for her. Shortly afterwards, however, Luc sees Charlie and Juliette kissing on the beach. Jean-Paul appears behind him and announces that he is telling him a love story, the end of which Luc himself could contribute.

The audience does not hear the story, but in the penultimate scene, Luc gets on the plane in which Kate is probably waiting for her return flight. He confesses his love to her and the two buy the longed-for vineyard in France together.


“Incurably romantic fun with witty word battles and winking top stars. Conclusion: goes down well, lively bouquet. "

"A romantic comedy in the footsteps of classic models, but without their charm and committed to very American cliché characters."


Kevin Kline and Meg Ryan were nominated for the American Comedy Award for Funniest Leading Actors , but couldn't beat John Travolta ( Grab Shorty ) and Alicia Silverstone ( Clueless - What Else! ) . The German Film and Media Assessment FBW in Wiesbaden awarded the film the rating particularly valuable.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Certificate of Release for French Kiss . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , September 2014 (PDF; test number: 73 692 V).
  3. ^ French Kiss in the Lexicon of International FilmsTemplate: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used . Retrieved January 2, 2012