Better known as an actress on her home turf, Theodora Remundova (star of Alice Nellis' "Some Secrets") does a competent job helming docu "No Regrets," about two dysfunctional Czech clans. As a whole, film feels too much like separate shorts spliced together to make up a more sellable feature, with little resonance between the parts.

Better known as an actress on her home turf, Theodora Remundova (star of Alice Nellis’ “Some Secrets”) does a competent job helming docu “No Regrets,” about two dysfunctional Czech clans. As a whole, film feels too much like separate shorts spliced together to make up a more sellable feature, with little resonance between the parts.

First, 35-minute seg (“Standard”) is the more stylized and interesting of the two, focusing on three Czech women from successive generations. Matriarch Irena, a one-time piano teacher with a habit of making half-hearted suicide attempts, argues constantly with her bitter daughter, Marcela, a semi-reformed alcoholic and schoolteacher whom Irena accuses of being a failure. Marcela’s daughter, Patricie, a ballroom-dancing queen, resents her mother’s inability to show love. The three women explore old haunts and have a picnic together, before a striking final sequence of dancing in their best threads to a Verdi waltz. More rambling second seg (“I Don’t Regret Anything”) centers on eccentric, 71-year-old Danuse Pankova, a salty-tongued working-class dame in Pocahontas braids. Remundova has a knack for getting subjects to open up, but less confident narrative skills. Tech package is adequate.

No Regrets

Czech Republic

Production

A Czech Television, FAMU, Jiri Ptacek production. (International sales: Falcon, Prague.) Executive producer, Jiri Ptacek. Directed, written by Theodora Remundova.

Crew

Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Jakub Simunek, Jiri Lavanec; editor, Zdenek Marek. Reviewed at Karlovy Vary Film Festival (competing, documentary section), July 9, 2004. Running time: 82 MIN.

With

Irena Ditterlova, Marcela Stieglerova, Patricie Fralova, Danuse Pankova, Milos Dokoupil, Marek Panek, Tomas Panek, Hana Pankova, Jarmila Pankova.
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