Although "The Perfect Af-ternoon" reps the fourth feature from Polish writer-helmer Prze-myslaw Wojcieszek, arch use of film-within-a-film device and shaky lensing make this multigenerational dramedy feel knowingly amateurish, and slightly irritating for it. Fest programmers may find the pic could adequately fill an afternoon slot for Slavic fare, but otherwise offshore prospects look cloudy.

Although “The Perfect Af-ternoon” reps the fourth feature from Polish writer-helmer Prze-myslaw Wojcieszek (“Louder Than Bombs”), arch use of film-within-a-film device and shaky lensing make this multigenerational dramedy feel knowingly amateurish, and slightly irritating for it. Fest programmers may find the pic could adequately fill an afternoon slot for Slavic fare, but otherwise offshore prospects look cloudy.

Young Gliwice residents Mikolaj (Czernecki) and Anna (Poplawska) are more interested in getting their publishing business off the ground than planning their fast-approaching wedding. Anna’s butcher dad (Or-zechowski, the funniest perf in the pic) despairs they’d rather spend money earmarked for a new car on an author’s advance. Jacek (Rogucki), a wannabe docmaker, offers to make the wedding video, affording oppor-tunity for jittery monochrome inserts as various characters toy with camera. Meanwhile, Mikolaj’s father, Andrzej (Stuhr), asks ex-wife Maria (Do-browolska) to be his date for their son’s wedding, despite the fact they split up 12 years ago when Andrzej’s passion for Solidarity came between them. Pic is more interesting when characters are bickering about patriot-ism, politics and the ethics of emigra-tion than when lovers are lolling about looking cute.

The Perfect Afternoon

Poland

Production

A Skorpion Art, Telewizja Polska production. (International sales: Skorpian Art, Warsaw.) Produced by David Kolosowsk. Directed, written by Przemyslaw Wojcieszek.

Crew

Camera (color/b&w, DV-to-35mm), Jola Dylewska; editor, Andrzej Bressa; music, Radoslaw Lukasiewicz; production designer, Andrzej Plocki; costume designer, Zuzanna Winiarska. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Forum), Feb. 9, 2006. Original title: Doskonale popoludnie. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Michal Czernecki, Aleksandra Poplawska, Piotr Rogucki, Krzysztof Czeczot, Gosia Dobrowolska, Jerzy Stuhr, Dorota Kaminska, Slawomir Orzechowski.
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