It takes considerable time to sort out all the twenty-to-thirtysomething gay Tel Aviv residents looking for love — or just a hookup — in “Antarctica.” Viewer effort goes unrewarded, however, as the final pair-offs seem like the momentary whims of characters with short attention spans. That’d be fine for a light softcore romp, but Yair Hochner’s patchy pic aims for more. Copious nudity will be a selling point when Regent distributes Stateside this fall, though for many auds, frustration may ultimately outweigh titillation.
A series of one-night stands for choreographer Boaz (Ofer Regirer) introduces most of the major characters, though he barely distinguishes among them, and neither can we. Three years later, he’s still heavily playing the field, like journalist Ronen (Guy Zo-Aretz) and unlike the earnest, commitment-seeking Danny (Yiftach Mizrahi) and Omer (Tomer Ilan). Meanwhile, latter’s sis Shirli (Lucy Dubinchik) itches to leave g.f. Michal (Liat Etca). Various others float in and out of the principals’ lives/beds, but it’s hard to care much. Some off-kilter comedy elements (a UFO-abductee support group, drag role, etc.) just feel at odds with the melancholy yet superficial whole. Tech aspects are fair.