VIDEO: First Kiss

In this filmvertisement for fashion brand WREN filmmaker Tatia Pilieva brought together 20 strangers to kiss on camera.

Since Monday the video has been watched by nearly 41 million people.

It’s beautiful, touching and funny. Have a look.

Now, that’s romance, right?

Well, if you’re sitting there and feeling a little sad that your own love life isn’t as spontaneous, adventurous, hot and romantic…don’t.

Slate magazine writer Amanda Hess points out that:

“… most of these strangers are professional performers who are experienced in acting out love, sex, and intimacy for crowds. 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 that accompanies the short); and actors Karim Saleh, Matthew Carey, Jill Larson, Corby Griesenbeck, Elisabetta Tedla, Luke Cook, and Marianna Palka.

Is it really unexpectedly touching that when gorgeous and charismatic Italian models, French actors, indie band leaders, and Hollywood royalty get together to kiss one another—under a soundtrack that prompts, “If you’re not ready for love, how can you be ready for life?”—the results are “beautiful”?”

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