Zero-budget curio "Not of Today" is one half crushingly dull drama and one half semi-clever, sci-fi comedy of manners. Unfortunately, the wrong half unspools first, which means few auds will have the patience to stick it out until it gets interesting. Pic is out on DVD in its home territory, and won't travel much further afield, today or any other day.

A collaboration between edgy legit troupe XXXH’X XO¡XXOXX and offbeat Czech filmmaker Petr Marek (“Love From Above”), zero-budget curio “Not of Today” is one half crushingly dull drama and one half semi-clever, sci-fi comedy of manners. Unfortunately, the wrong half unspools first, which means few auds will have the patience to stick it out until it gets interesting. Way overlong pic is already out on DVD in its home territory, and won’t travel much further afield, today or any other day.

Unrealistically healthy-looking drug addicts Jiri (Jiri Najvert), Gerard (Zdenek Hudecek) and the latter’s g.f. Marta (Marta Pilarova) arrive at a friend’s remote country cabin where they plan to go cold turkey. However, Gerard finds smack in the basement, left behind by the cottage’s owner, and imbibes, provoking the wrath of the other two. The next day, as they prepare to return to Prague, time seems to fissure and a duplicate set of the same characters arrive at the same cottage, provoking mildly amusing confusions. Conceit may be a metaphor for the cyclical nature of addiction or just an excuse for some old-fashioned camera trickery executed deftly.

Not of Today

Czech Republic

Production

A Unarfilm, XXXH'X XO¡XXOXX production. (International sales: Unarfilm, Prague.) Produced by Petr Marek. Directed, edited by Petr Marek. Screenplay, Marek, Jiri Najvert, Zdenek Hudecek, Marta Pilarova.

Crew

Camera (color), Marek. Reviewed at Karlovy Vary Film Festival (Czech Films), July 7, 2006. Running time: 106 MIN.

With

Jiri Najvert, Zdenek Hudecek, Marta Pilarova.
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