First kiss. Awkward. Scary. Uncomfortable. And even romantic, making you feel goosebumps down your spine.
First time filmmaker Tatia Pilieva captured the magic of a first kiss, its hesitation, charm, passion, beauty and awkward intimacy. Â Her short, 3-minute video shows 20 complete strangersâ€”gay and straight, old and young, but all beautifulâ€”sharing a first kiss.
The video, from Hungarian, Wittgenstein-quoting filmmaker, starts with the words “We asked 20 strangers to kiss for the first time…”.Â They were given no instruction other than to lock lips, with the seconds proceeding the kiss proving as interesting as the kiss itself.
Probably the best part of the black-and-white video are the first 90 seconds of awkward interaction between each couple, when they are trying to break the ice with small talk, before the kisses take place.
In the beginning of the film, each of the couples is introduced to each other and they giggle apprehensively as they prepare to take part in the experiment.
â€śDo we just do this any time?â€ť a woman asks the camera crew as she and the man she’s been paired up with look at each other with curious interest.
In another segment, two women giggle awkwardly as they face each other. One asks the filmmaker jokingly, â€śCan you turn off the lights?â€ť causing the other to laugh even more.
One of the pairs attempts to go the traditional route and shakes hands when they meet each other, and the man can help but joke: â€śShall we make out?â€ť
The video seems to have had a medicinal effect on viewers, many of whom said it had “made their morning”.
“A fruit salad of emotions! A little funny, awkward and touching,” one wrote, with another adding: “I love videos that show such vulnerable true human emotion.”
The video that was first found on Reddit and posted only yesterday on YouTube, has already become viral getting over 2.5 million views.
As Mashale reports, the clip is actually an ad for the Fall 2014 collection for Wren Studios. Slate discovered that the strangers who appear in the clip are professional actors, models and musicians from the area.
The cast includes models Natalia Bonifacci, Ingrid Schram, and Langley Fox (daughter of actress Mariel Hemingway and sister of model Dree); musicians Z Berg of The Like, Damian Kulash of OK Go, Justin Kennedy of Army Navy, singer Nicole Simone, and singer-actress Soko (who also performed the melancholy indie music SaveFrom.net that accompanies the short); and actors Karim Saleh, Matthew Carey, Jill Larson, Corby Griesenbeck, Elisabetta Tedla, Luke Cook, and Marianna Palka, revealed Slate.
Ms. Pilieva told Harper’s Bazaar that it was difficult to make the video, not least because of all the awkward silences – but that these ended up being some of the best parts.
â€śI’ve directed a few sex scenes before – this was a lot harder,â€ť she revealed.
â€śMy first instinct was to call “cut” the moment people finished kissing but I painfully made myself wait and allowed the moments to breathe. The most beautiful moments took place when nothing was happening,â€ť she added.
Nevertheless, the video turned out to be extremely sweet and charming, even though almost all of the participants were professional performers.