Micro-budget Austrian comedy “Kotsch” follows four buddies coping with boredom in the sticks. Pic’s opening few reels are promising, with a few good gags, but after getting through the door, frosh helmer Helmut Koepping, a young legit actor, fumbles the ball and momentum dissipates, despite some nice whimsical touches. Result could shuffle through a few fests.
Ever since school, shy narrator Alf (Christoph Theussl, charisma free), brainy Chris (Michael Ostrowski), looker Boris (Andreas Kiendl) and doltish Dalli (Michael Fuith), have been friends. Now — pic is set in 1999 — they’re just about the only ones their age left in the depressed town of Fohnsdorf. When not at their dead-end jobs, they wile away nights in the local bar trading banter. Alf makes a pathetic attempt to woo pretty Anna (Ursula Strauss) and a fairy godmother puts in an appearance before a high-school reunion brings things to a desultory head. Odd post-production effects are used sporadically but serve little purpose other than making film feel more artificial.