Close To Heaven

English lingo multi-character dramedy "Close to Heaven" is a far cry from the whimsy of the former and much closer to a jaw-dropping miscalculation of the latter. There's little discernable market for this ill-conceived oddity beyond undiscerning cablers and indiscriminate homevid junkies.

With:
With: Tuva Novotny, Jean Michel Francis Gogo, Miroslav Taborsky, Chantal Poullain, Arnost Goldflam, Tonya Graves, Petr Vanek, Curtis Jones.

An awkward cross between “Amelie” and “The Million Dollar Hotel,” English lingo multi-character dramedy “Close to Heaven” is a far cry from the whimsy of the former and much closer to a jaw-dropping miscalculation of the latter. There’s little discernable market for this ill-conceived oddity beyond undiscerning cablers and indiscriminate homevid junkies.

Ensconced in a makeshift rooftop studio of the titular hotel overlooking Prague, African artist Samuel (Jean Michel Francis Gogo) narrates details about the eccentrics living below him. Disparate boarders include lisping magician Ernest (Petr Vanek, doing a fair imitation of “Down by Law”-era Roberto Benigni); the mysterious Jaegermeister (Miroslav Taborsky); and fussy owner Gut (vet Arnost Goldflam). A small meteorite crashes into the roof, and Samuel begins a relationship with winsome Emily (Tuva Novotny, Swedish star of “Stratosphere Girl”). An unfortunate undercurrent of racial condescension won’t play well in the West, and perfs, though enthusiastic, are all over the map. Production designer Ivo Navrat’s studio-bound outdoor sets and Martin Preiss’ crisp lensing lend pic whatever feeble aura it can muster, while the less said about the awry cadences of stilted, self-conscious English, the better.

Close To Heaven

Czech Republic

Production: A Bontonfilm release (in the Czech Republic) of a Holiday Films presentation and production, in association with ACE, Cinemasound, Construction Heads, 4Movie, Prague Studios. (International sales, MonteCristo Entertainment, New York.) Produced by Dan Svatek, Jiri Holubec, Roman Svatek. Directed, written by Dan Svatek.

Crew: Camera (color/B&W), Martin Preiss; editor, Alois Fisarek; music, Elvis Kititi, Jean M. F. Gogo; production designer, Ivo Navrat; art director, Tomas Svoboda; costume designer, Zuzana Kopecka. Reviewed on DVD, Sydney, Australia, April 14, 2006. (In Finale Plzen Film Festival -- competing.) English dialogue. Running time: 97 MIN.

With: With: Tuva Novotny, Jean Michel Francis Gogo, Miroslav Taborsky, Chantal Poullain, Arnost Goldflam, Tonya Graves, Petr Vanek, Curtis Jones.

More Film

  • The Dead and the Others Review

    Cannes Film Review: 'The Dead and the Others'

    An awkward cross between “Amelie” and “The Million Dollar Hotel,” English lingo multi-character dramedy “Close to Heaven” is a far cry from the whimsy of the former and much closer to a jaw-dropping miscalculation of the latter. There’s little discernable market for this ill-conceived oddity beyond undiscerning cablers and indiscriminate homevid junkies. Ensconced in a […]

  • Transilvania Film Fest Raises Curtain on

    Transilvania Film Festival Raises Curtain on 17th Edition

    An awkward cross between “Amelie” and “The Million Dollar Hotel,” English lingo multi-character dramedy “Close to Heaven” is a far cry from the whimsy of the former and much closer to a jaw-dropping miscalculation of the latter. There’s little discernable market for this ill-conceived oddity beyond undiscerning cablers and indiscriminate homevid junkies. Ensconced in a […]

  • 'The Division' Director on Breaking the

    'The Division' Director David Leitch on Breaking the Video Game Movie Curse

    An awkward cross between “Amelie” and “The Million Dollar Hotel,” English lingo multi-character dramedy “Close to Heaven” is a far cry from the whimsy of the former and much closer to a jaw-dropping miscalculation of the latter. There’s little discernable market for this ill-conceived oddity beyond undiscerning cablers and indiscriminate homevid junkies. Ensconced in a […]

  • moviepass card

    MoviePass Parent's Stock Slides to Another Record Low

    An awkward cross between “Amelie” and “The Million Dollar Hotel,” English lingo multi-character dramedy “Close to Heaven” is a far cry from the whimsy of the former and much closer to a jaw-dropping miscalculation of the latter. There’s little discernable market for this ill-conceived oddity beyond undiscerning cablers and indiscriminate homevid junkies. Ensconced in a […]

  • Happytime Murders

    'Sesame Street' Creators Sue STX Entertainment Over Marketing for 'The Happytime Murders'

    An awkward cross between “Amelie” and “The Million Dollar Hotel,” English lingo multi-character dramedy “Close to Heaven” is a far cry from the whimsy of the former and much closer to a jaw-dropping miscalculation of the latter. There’s little discernable market for this ill-conceived oddity beyond undiscerning cablers and indiscriminate homevid junkies. Ensconced in a […]

  • solo a star wars story

    'Solo' Heads to Opening Below Forecasts Over Memorial Day Weekend

    An awkward cross between “Amelie” and “The Million Dollar Hotel,” English lingo multi-character dramedy “Close to Heaven” is a far cry from the whimsy of the former and much closer to a jaw-dropping miscalculation of the latter. There’s little discernable market for this ill-conceived oddity beyond undiscerning cablers and indiscriminate homevid junkies. Ensconced in a […]

  • Paul Bloch'Cop Out' film premiere, New

    Paul Bloch, Publicist to the Stars and Rogers & Cowan Chairman, Dies at 78

    An awkward cross between “Amelie” and “The Million Dollar Hotel,” English lingo multi-character dramedy “Close to Heaven” is a far cry from the whimsy of the former and much closer to a jaw-dropping miscalculation of the latter. There’s little discernable market for this ill-conceived oddity beyond undiscerning cablers and indiscriminate homevid junkies. Ensconced in a […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content