A slightly unhinged thirtysomething journalist impulsively invites an 18-year-old runaway to stay at her place in “The Noise in My Head,” a loosely observed slice-of-life drama set in contempo Geneva whose characters try to cope with loneliness and life’s transitions. Title of Swiss helmer Vincent Pluss’ second feature comes from his device of making the main character’s thoughts audible — and visualizing actions she and others wish they might perform. More mood-piece than tightly plotted narrative, pics probably too slight for foreign theatrical but reps OK fest and Euro tube fare.
As the pic starts, the self-critical voice inside prickly protag Laura (Celine Bolomey) is working overtime. Recently split from b.f. Jerome (Frederic Landenberg), she’s soon fired from her newspaper job. Hurt, indignant and not wanting to be alone, she takes in sullen street kid Simon (Gabriel Bonnefoy), but can’t resist engaging him (and her ex) in power games. She also projects her need to nurture/be nurtured onto Simon’s tightly wound uncle Bruno (Francois Nadin), an on-call physician. Primarily shot in intimate closeups, pic boasts some beautiful compositions reminiscent of Eastern European arthouse titles from the 1960s.