Kotsch

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 fumbles the ball and momentum dissipates, despite some nice whimsical touches. Result could shuffle through a few fests.

With:
With: Christoph Theussl, Michael Ostrowski, Andreas Kiendl, Michael Fuith, Ursula Strauss.

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.

Kotsch

Austria

Production: A Lotus Film production. (International sales: Lotus, Vienna.) Produced by Erich Lackner. Executive producer, Ursula Wolschlager. Directed by Helmut Koepping. Screenplay, Gregor Stadlober.

Crew: Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Robert Winkler; editors, Nina Kosturica, Bernhard Schmid; music, Arteom Denissov, Attwenger; production designer, Maria Gruber; costume designer, Monika Buttinger. Reviewed at Crossing Europe Film Festival, Linz, Austria, April 27, 2006. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: With: Christoph Theussl, Michael Ostrowski, Andreas Kiendl, Michael Fuith, Ursula Strauss.

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