Two amoral teens spend a night on the wild side in "Spots," a ludicrous and unpleasant Croatian drama from tyro feature director Aldo Tardozzi.

Two amoral teens spend a night on the wild side in “Spots,” a ludicrous and unpleasant Croatian drama from tyro feature director Aldo Tardozzi. Crossing over from TV helming, Tardozzi brings the aesthetic sensibility of bad soap opera to every aspect of his tale (whose title is better translated as “stains”), which is unlikely to blemish the lineup of fests outside the region.

First seen stepping nude out of the shower, 17-year-old Lana (shapely but stiff Iskra Jirsak) helps herself to the contents of her father’s wallet before heading off to meet sleazy older b.f. Igor (Zivko Anocic). After Igor deflowers her against her will in his pal’s taxi, Lana flees into a nearby nightclub, where she meets and switches bloodstained clothing with brash junkie Irena (uncharismatic Nika Miskovic), who has just robbed and shot a different cabbie. For no good reason, the two spend a painfully long night together, mostly cabbing it from one preposterous situation to another. Best worst moment has to be Lana anally administering ill-gotten drugs to Irena, who is twitching on a bench in an almost deserted Zagreb marketplace, then daintily fishing in her purse for a handy wipe.

Spots

Croatia

Production

A Kinoteka production. Produced by Barbara Jukopila, Ljubo Zdjelarevic, Tomislav Vujic. Directed, written by Aldo Tardozzi.

Crew

Camera (color, DV), Darko Drinovac; editor, Mato Ilijic; music, Luka Zima; production designer, Damir Gabelica; costume designer, Alena Orovic. Reviewed at Sarajevo Film Festival (competing), July 25, 2011. Running time: 97 MIN.

With

Iskra Jirsak, Nika Miskovic, Zivko Anocic, Goran Grgic, Sanja Vejnovic, Filip Krizan, Franjo Kuhar, Alen Liveric, Jan Kerekes, Alan Katic, Amar Bukvic, Sinisa Labrovic, Niksa Butijer, Drasko Zidar, Otokar Levaj, Visnja Babic, Ozren Grabaric, Vedran Mlikota.
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