A witty Belgrade blend of “High Fidelity” and a Rob Reiner romantic comedy, “Almost Ordinary Story” could just as well be called “When Vlada Met Irena…” Though perhaps too short at 78 minutes to do much theatrically beyond regional play, this witty charmer should line up fest and tube gigs aplenty.
In contempo Belgrade, Irena (Milica Zaric) and Vlada (Vuk Toskovic) meet cute when he runs into her in a pouring rainstorm. It’s love at very nearly first sight, but three years after they move in together their union is threatened by both creeping ennui and the appearance of Maria (Boba Latinovic), who has her sights set on reclaiming Vlada. Wryly commenting on the action are his chum Bane (Stefan Kapicic) and her pal Anja (Hristina Popovic). Though subtitles were burned on to print caught, shrewd translation preserves sharp one-liners. Tech package is fine, and pic is peppered with a panoply of budget-busting tunes by the likes of Yo La Tengo, Parliament, the Animals, Mink De Ville, Dean Martin, Charlie Byrd, Depeche Mode, James Brown, Link Wray, Irma Thomas, Sam & Dave and Delbert McClinton.