An original premise fails to live up to its promise in “The Prompter.” Unconventional love story is told from the P.O.V. of sweet, naive Felix (scripter-helmer Guillaume Pixie), whose life consists of whispering lines to stage actors from his perch beneath their feet. Problems ensue when protag is forced to improvise in real life. Maligned by crix and ignored by auds upon its March 9 release, stylish and silly pic is memorable for its conceptual chutzpah and bold if overly insistent whimsy, even if it barely sustains a 72-minute running time.
Via a mile-a-minute internal monologue, shy Felix, who lives beneath the stage of a classical repertory company, explains that stage prompting has been the family business since the 1920s. His digs are doomed, so Felix is forced to give the outside world a spin. Both he and leading man Philippe (Frederic Diefenthal) set their sights on attractive, romantic wardrobe girl Clara (Linda Hardy), with Felix pre-scripting and rehearsing every word and gesture he plans to utilize in their courtship. Comic set pieces have pizzazz, but entire confection soon feels too trumped-up for comfort. Peppy score is a plus.