Post Coitum

Fans of Juraj Jakubisko, once known as the Fellini of Slovakia for work such as "Millennial Bee" and "I'm Sitting on a Branch and I'm Very Happy," will want to place an asterisk by leadenly scripted and desperately perfed sex comedy "Post Coitum," as helmer apparently replaced scripter Marcel Bystron behind the camera early in the production.

With:
With: Franco Nero, Richard Krajco, Mira Nosek, Jiri Langmajer, Lucie Vondrackova, Mahulena Bocanova, Eva Elsnerova, Sandra Pogodova, Beata Greneche, Ondrej Pavelka.

Fans of Juraj Jakubisko, once known as the Fellini of Slovakia for work such as “Millennial Bee” and “I’m Sitting on a Branch and I’m Very Happy,” will want to place an asterisk by leadenly scripted and desperately perfed sex comedy “Post Coitum,” as helmer apparently replaced scripter Marcel Bystron behind the camera early in the production. This disruptive case of filmus interruptus has resulted in a pic best left to the history books, and the dusty back shelves of softcore vid sections.

Dubiously billed as a chilling urban comedy, pic is constructed of some 20 vignettes during which nine lost souls, adrift in a stylized contempo environment, bounce off of one another like sexual pinballs as the condition in the title prompts them to act and speak recklessly. Hedonist photog Bacchus (Franco Nero, who has a very hairy back), lures women into his lair even as he professes to be a family man. Diabetic rocker Adam (Richard Krajco) liaises with secretary Sabrina (Eva Elsnerova), whose boss Zikmund (Jiri Langmajer) terrorizes medico wife Viola (Beata Greneche). Naive and adoring husband Jarousek (Mira Nosek) drives bartender wife Messalina (Mahulena Bocanova) crazy with his doting, while ambitious virgin Krystyna (Lucie Vondrackova) and worldly hooker Kleopatra (Sandra Pogodova) round out the horny ensemble.

Freewheeling visual imagery, Jakubisko’s stock in trade, is undercut time and again by a leering script that makes “Love American Style” play like Moliere, with increasingly desperate and florid perfs. Tech credits are pro, though pic is larded with far too much digital trickery for its own good, and the visual metaphor of a ticking metronome serves only to underscore tedious pacing.

Post Coitum

Czech Republic -Slovakia

Production: A Bontonfilm release (in the Czech Republic) of a J&J Jakubisko Film production. (International sales: J&J Jakubisko Film, Prague.) Produced by Deana Jakubiskova-Horvathova. Directed by Juraj Jakubisko. Screenplay, Marcel Bystron, Jakubisko.

Crew: Camera (color), Jan Duris; editor, Alois Fisarek, Jakubisko; music, Andrej Turok; set designer, Jakubisko; art director, Pavol Andrasko; costume designers, Libuse Prazakova, Michaela Horejsi; sound (Dolby Digital), Jiri Klenka. Reviewed at Finale Pilsen, Czech Republic, April 27, 2005. Running time: 104 MIN.

With: With: Franco Nero, Richard Krajco, Mira Nosek, Jiri Langmajer, Lucie Vondrackova, Mahulena Bocanova, Eva Elsnerova, Sandra Pogodova, Beata Greneche, Ondrej Pavelka.

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