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First Kiss video: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results

"We're going to kiss." "I know!"

Christopher Hooton
Tuesday 11 March 2014 10:42 GMT
Ten pairs took part in the mass kissing video
Ten pairs took part in the mass kissing video (Tatia PIlieva)

Amateur filmmaker Tatia Pilieva has captured that most transient of human interactions on YouTube - the first kiss - in a touching video that reveals the wave of nerves and laughter it seems to bring us.

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Strangers were paired off and given no instruction other than to lock lips, with the seconds proceeding the kiss proving as interesting as the kiss itself.

"We're going to kiss," one volunteer tells her partner, who replies with a look of eagerness/trepidation/panic: "I know!"

"You have nice eyes," another offers to fill the silence, to the response: "Thank you, so do you" and much awkward laughter.

Many volunteers repeatedly ask whether the camera is rolling and whether they should just go for it, psyching themselves up for the matter at hand.

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."

Update: It's all fake, show's over folks

It wasn't all fourth act of a romcom kisses though - thanks to this pair who are now forever burned into my memory:

Make it stop

Pilieva thanked viewers for their support on Twitter, along with the 'dear hearts' who took part in the film.

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