1952, Paris. Nadia, a Red Diaper baby, has a sister, Polish parents, and at 15 is an active Communist. When cops beat her during an anti-American demonstration, she’s rescued by a “Match” photographer. As the friendship becomes a love affair and her slogans are tested by new knowledge and emotion, some of the Red youth want to expel her.
When she goes with Stéphane to a seaside photo shoot, her father goes to the police. Stéphane faces charges, so leaving to cover the war in Indochina looks appealing. In a parallel story, Nadia’s mother meets again her prewar lover, released from Siberia, who challenges the French Reds with very real scars and word of Stalin’s anti-Semitism.
Red Kiss (French: Rouge Baiser) is a 1985 French drama film directed by Véra Belmont. It was entered into the 36th Berlin International Film Festival, where Charlotte Valandrey won the Silver Bear for Best Actress.
Red Kiss – Rouge Baiser (1985)
Directed by: Véra Belmont
Starring: Charlotte Valandrey, Lambert Wilson, Marthe Keller, Laurent Terzieff, Laurent Arnal, Elsa Lunghini, Audrey Lazzini
Screenplay by: Véra Belmont, Guy Konopnicki
Production Design by: Bruno Held
Cinematography by: Ramón F. Suárez
Film Editing by: Martine Giordano
Sound Department: Jonathan Liebling
Art Department: Michel Conche
Music by: Jean-Marie Sénia
Distributed by: Circle Releasing Corp.
Release Date: November 27, 1985