Five short laffers featuring the labored comic stylings of actor Jiri Krampol comprise “Waterloo Czech Style,” the first fiction feature in nearly a decade from vet actor-turned-documaker-turned-helmer Vit Olmer. It’s straight to TV for this in most territories, where the anthology nature of the proceedings will make the time pass more quickly.
In “French Triple Combination” a rich, bored wife contemplates cheating on her driven, overachieving husband, while “The Halo” finds Krampol as a sly hard-of-hearing pensioner. He’s an aging rock percussionist who fights off an intruder in “Drum Solo,” a well-meaning seaside busy-body in “The Isle of Love” and both a civil servant and Napoleon in pic’s best seg, “Waterloo.” Each vignette offers a wry view of contempo marital relations, and at his best the snowy-haired Krampol fuzzily recalls the bewildered persona of Jacques Tati, giving pic a tone way to the right of “Mon Oncle” and closer to “Love, American Style” at the other end. “Pupendo” co-star Eva Holubova appears in one seg; other support is just OK. Events are linked by a plummy narration waxing philosophical. Tech credits are crisp, though some interiors look overly dark.