Restart

Restart" never turns over, despite interesting visual and narrative frissons along the way. Trendy Czech-Finnish co-production of a young Prague woman imagining solutions to a love-life blunder fails to ignite outside of the obvious twentysomething target market, indicating quick regional theatrical playoff, decent cable sales and fleeting, possibly cultish, homevid.

With:
With: Lenka Krobotova, Filip Capka, Anna Polivkova, Vaclav Jiracek, Hana Seidlova.

Restart” never turns over, despite interesting visual and narrative frissons along the way. Trendy Czech-Finnish co-production of a young Prague woman imagining solutions to a love-life blunder fails to ignite outside of the obvious twentysomething target market, indicating quick regional theatrical playoff, decent cable sales and fleeting, possibly cultish, homevid.

Out partying overnight at a cavernous disco with cynical chum Marie (Anna Polivka), go-getter ad exec Sylva (Lenka Krobotova) marks the passage from March 31 by phoning live-in b.f. Martin (Filip Capka) to announce a fictitious six-month affair with his brother Robert (Vaclav Jiracek). Before she can yell “April Fool!” Martin’s gone nuts with jealousy and grief, leaving Sylva to pick up rapidly falling pieces. Debuting writer-helmer Julius Sevcik seizes the “Run Lola Run” playbook by having the protag imagine various scenarios and outcomes, the most emotionally raw of which involves Martin’s mother (Hana Seidlova). Result is existential as all get-out, but can’t hide the fact that underneath Krobotova’s volcanic perf is a self-centered, extremely dislikeable character. Tech credits are pro, led by Finnish D.P. Kasimir Lehto’s fresh look at urban Prague. There is no Czech title.

— Eddie Cockrell

Restart

Czech Republic-Finland

Production: A Bontonfilm release (in the Czech Republic, Slovakia) of an Axman production, in association with FAMU, U. of Art and Design Helsinki, Media Center Lume. (International sales: MonteCristo Entertainment, New York.) Produced by Karla Stojakova. Directed by Julius Sevcik. Screenplay, Ondrej Ladek, Sevcik, from a story by Ladek.

Crew: Camera (color), Kasimir Lehto; editor, Aleksi Raij; music, various; art director, Henrich Boraros; costume designer, Linda Jirikova. Reviewed on DVD, Sydney, Australia, April 15, 2006. (In Finale Plzen Film Festival -- competing.) Running time: 75 MIN.

With: With: Lenka Krobotova, Filip Capka, Anna Polivkova, Vaclav Jiracek, Hana Seidlova.

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