'A Love Affair of Sorts'

In David Guy Levy's "A Love Affair of Sorts," a two-handed variation on a personal diary film, the pudgy producer-turned-helmer aims his flip camera at himself for an art project whose aesthetic raison d'etre appears vague even to himself.

In David Guy Levy’s “A Love Affair of Sorts,” a two-handed variation on a personal diary film, the pudgy producer-turned-helmer aims his flip camera at himself for an art project whose aesthetic raison d’etre appears vague even to himself. A seemingly chance encounter with a pretty Hungarian shoplifter introduces another character and another flip camera into the mix, revving up the voyeuristic awkwardness without substantially alleviating the boredom. Tedious enough to serve as a cautionary example of the pitfalls of DIY filmmaking, “Affair” opens June 24 in Gotham and Los Angeles.

David (Levy) takes his camera wherever he goes, chronicling his walk from house to car and his meandering exploration of a bookstore in shaky, handheld p.o.v. shots that are often uncomfortably intimate. In stationary positions, the camera records him sitting around his house or driving through L.A. When Enci (Lili Bordan) enters the picture, the lensing options multiply as the plot thickens to include would-be romantic picnics and a disastrous three-way date with Enci’s boyfriend (Ivan Kamaras). A surprise twist lends the film some documentary/fiction boundary-crossing complications, but they function more as hindsight justification than as cinematic revelation.

A Love Affair of Sorts

Production

A Paladin release of a Periscope Entertainment production. Produced by David Guy Levy. Executive producer, Mark Urman. Directed by David Guy Levy.

Crew

Camera (color, DV), Levy, Lili Bordan; editor, Azazel Jacobs; music supervisor, Howard Paar. Reviewed at Magno Review, New York, June 13, 2011. Running time: 91 MIN.

With

David Guy Levy, Lili Bordan, Ivan Kamaras, Jonathan Beckerman. (English, Hungarian dialogue)

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