While its leisurely pace and uneven tone may throw some viewers, the heartfelt “My Father’s Angel” creates a bittersweet mood in its telling of conflicts between two immigrant Bosnian families, one Muslim and one Serb, in contempo Vancouver. Anchored by impassioned acting but hampered by abrupt shifts from high drama to perhaps unintentionally broad comedy, feature seems slight for theatrical play but could be a distinguished cable and vid item.
The Muslim Kadic family—distraught father Ahmed (Tony Nardi), catatonic rape victim wife Sayma (Asja Pavlovic) and surly teenager Enes (Tygh Runyan) — has recently arrived from Sarajevo. When Ahmed is accidentally hit by settled Serb soccer star-turned-cabby Djordje Vujic (Timothy Webber), whose family refuses to believe reports of horrors at home, a chain reaction plays out, involving the two clans and their differing views. Director Davor Marjanovic, writer Frank Borg and Pavlovic are Bosnians scarred by the war, lending veracity to work by Canadian cast. Yet early, darkly comic quips from narrator Enes and laughs at expense of shellshocked Ahmed are distractions from which pic never fully regains dramatic equilibrium. Atmospheric, Armenian-inspired score highlights adequate tech package.