Stylish visuals almost make up for maddeningly existential plot in eye-catching urban angst drama “It Will Stay Between Us.” Following regional theatrical runs (pic competed in 2002 Bratislava fest and carries that copyright date), sheer inscrutability of enterprise and dollops of very softcore kink will earn it some fest slots and cable sales prior to low-key shelf life.
On the eve of her marriage to stodgy biz type Michal (Michal Dlouhy), straight-arrow babe Danica (Danica Jurcova) falls under the spell of impulsive mope Tomas (Tomas Hanak), a tortured DJ who likes to sit around in the health club coffee shop at the mall. Danica bonds with Tomas’ ex Anna (Anna Siskova), further tangling relationships. Helmer Miro Sindelka lards sophomore effort with striking camera angles, palatable for the tension they create against pic’s overall cool and often deadpan demeanor. If Hanak seems a bit old to play a black-hooded turntable jockey, his patented wild-eyed confusion shtick remains reminiscent of Jack Lemmon’s befuddled longings. Pic was shot in and around new Bratislava megamall; numerous Slovak celebs make cameo appearances and soundtrack mixes Slovak and Czech languages.