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Our Private Lives

Lovers run amuck in the wilderness in experimental drama "Our Private Lives."

Cast:
With: Anastasia Liutova, Penko S. Gospodinov, Jean-Charles Fonti.

Bulgarian lovers run amuck in the Quebec wilderness in experimental drama “Our Private Lives,” the second feature by former film critic Denis Cote (“Drifting States”). Self-indulgent low-budgeter, charting the relationship of a couple who met in an Internet chatroom, moves from hot sex through quarrels and a “Blair Witch”-like turn before a final, unseen kiss-off. “Lives” is exclusively fest fare.

Beautiful, 20-ish Bulgarian immigrant Milena (Anastasia Liutova) invites her Sofia-based cyber-correspondent Philip (Penko S. Gospodinov) to spend three weeks at a secluded cabin. They immediately hit it off in the sack but, after a few days, differences of temperament and intellect get in the way. She’s controlling and restless; he’s a bit of a macho boor. About 45 minutes in, pic takes a left turn toward B-movie horror when something in the forest attacks Philip and Milena dispatches an intruder (Jean-Charles Fonti) back at the cottage. Lead thesps — both theater actors from Bulgaria imported by Cote — translated helmer’s script themselves, and neither director nor crew understood Bulgarian. DV-shot pic looked grainy on bigscreen.

Our Private Lives

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Production: A Nihilproductions presentation, in association with Estfilmindustri, Urbansounds. Produced, directed, written by Denis Cote.

Crew: Camera (color, HD), Rafael Ouellet; editor, Christian Laurence; music, Ramponneau Paradise; art director, Cote. Reviewed at Locarno Film Festival (Filmmakers of the Present -- competing), Aug. 4, 2007. (Also in Toronto Film Festival.) Bulgarian, French, English dialogue. Running time: 82 MIN.

With: With: Anastasia Liutova, Penko S. Gospodinov, Jean-Charles Fonti.

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