A deeply inconsequential Gallic-Israel semi-comic collaboration.
A deeply inconsequential Gallic-Israeli semi-comic collaboration, “A Strange Course of Events” is just one darn thing after another, and not in a good way. French-born helmer Raphael Nadjari’s sixth feature reunites him with Israeli thesp Ori Pfeffer, with whom he made “Apartment #5C,” to tell a meandering yarn about a grumpy loner having an awkward and unlucky extended visit with his father Haifa. Commercial prospects look niche in both the pic’s countries of origin, and uneventful offshore.
Hospital worker Shaul (Pfeffer, watchable) doesn’t really get on with his shopping-mall-employee dad, Shimon (Moni Moshonov), or Shimon’s hippy-dippy g.f., Bati (Michaela Eshet), but nevertheless he comes up to stay with them for several days. The supremely irritating Bati’s efforts to get the two men talking fall flat, but when Shaul injures himself by slipping on a fish at the local market and his own young daughter, Michal (Bethany Gorenberg), arrives suddenly, a thaw looks imminent. Too often the pic feels as if it’s killing time to pad itself out into feature length, as when an inordinate amount of time is spent watching Shaul install a computer. The fish-slipping is the most exciting bit.