Review: ‘Out Of The City’

A divorced and harried computer programmer drags his boy back to nature with predictable results in "Out of the City," amiable fourth feature from writer-director Tomas Vorel and onscreen alter ego Tomas Hanak. Charming local color and a breezy attitude enliven a formulaic story, though not enough to propel pic very far out of town.

A divorced and harried computer programmer drags his boy back to nature with predictable results in “Out of the City,” amiable fourth feature from writer-director Tomas Vorel and onscreen alter ego Tomas Hanak. Charming local color and a breezy attitude enliven a formulaic story, though not enough to propel pic very far out of town.

Seeking deliverance from his high-pressure job, Honza (Hanak) and young son (Michal Vorel) gather their high-tech toys and flee to the bucolic Czech countryside for a weekend of bonding. Once in the wild, Honza meets the alluring and rebellious city refugee, Marketa (Barbora Nimcova), whose wisdom-spewing grandmother (Ljuba Skorepova) has an aversion to time and a cellar full of homemade liquor. Hard-working local Ludva (Boleslav Polivka) verbalizes pic’s theme by proclaiming a suspicion of technology in general: “You can’t milk a computer!” he bellows, while raising a ruckus in the pub. Fueled by various brews and nostrums, as well as an attraction to Marketa, Honza is soon in the grip of a comically benign mid-life crisis, trying to reconcile the relentless beeping of his cell phone with pastoral village ways. Tech credits are fine.

Out Of The City

Czech Republic

Production

A Falcon release of a Vorel Film, Czech TV, Total HelpArt production. (International sales: Telexport Czech TV, Prague.) Produced by Tomas Vorel, Pavel Borovan, Ondrej Trojan. Directed, written by Tomas Vorel.

Crew

Camera (color), Marek Jicha; editor, Vladimir Barak; music, Michal Vich; art director, Milan Bycek; costume designer, Sona Nemcova. Reviewed at Karlovy Vary Film Festival (Czech Films), July 13, 2001. Original title: Cesta z mesta. Running time: 107 MIN.

With

Tomas Hanak, Barbora Nimcova, Michal Vorel, Anezka Kusiakova, Ljuba Skorepova, Boleslav Polivka, Eva Holubova, Milan Steindler.
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