Aussie minimalist Alkinos Tsilimidos (“Tom White,” “Em 4 Jay”) serves up misanthropy of the fitfully engaging kind in “Blind Company,” a reworking of Austin Pendleton’s miserablist two-act play “Uncle Bob.” Despite Colin Friels’ valiant central perf as a middle-aged man spitting vitriol as his AIDS-related death approaches, pic is dogged by a surfeit of inert pauses in its first half and implausible plot twists in its second. Quietly released Down Under April 29, “Company” appears destined for a modest local run and will make for adequate feevee filler elsewhere.
Holed up alone in a beach house on the Tasmanian coast, Geoff Brewster (Friels) is confessing his homosexual affairs into a tape recorder for estranged-but-supportive wife, Sally (Gloria Ajenstat). Gradually going blind, Geoff gets an unwelcome visit from Josh (Nick Barkla), his reckless crackhead nephew. Early segs in which Josh taunts Geoff and grills Sally about her sex life promise intriguing psychodrama, but the eventual unraveling of everyone’s secrets and lies is more bewildering than compelling. Ajenstat and Barkla are fine; impressive widescreen lensing of windswept sands and dank interiors is more atmospheric than the screenplay. Tech package is decent.