Clumsy execution and a forced tone overwhelm the snippets of invention in “Sooner or Later.” Star-crossed lovers take the whole movie to enter the same constellation. Overblown subplot about making it as a musician strains credibility, but the sincere venture has enough gentle gags and adequate insights into modern behavior to earn bountiful TV play.
An unborn child’s voiceover introduces the viewer to Eric (Philippe Torreton) and Catherine (Amira Casar), his parents-to-be, who don’t actually meet until five minutes before the end titles. Just married to a Czech woman in Prague, Eric works in construction, although his first love is the cello; Catherine, meanwhile, is in Paris, making a lousy impression at vocal auditions, although her goal is to perform her own songs. En route, the two first make a lot of bad choices, and the audience has to listen to a lot of indifferent pop music sung by Catherine and her best friend, Consuelo (Laura Del Sol). Leaden pacing nearly cancels out pic’s scattered charms.