A divorced and harried computer programmer drags his boy back to nature with predictable results in “Out of the City,” amiable fourth feature from writer-director Tomas Vorel and onscreen alter ego Tomas Hanak. Charming local color and a breezy attitude enliven a formulaic story, though not enough to propel pic very far out of town.
Seeking deliverance from his high-pressure job, Honza (Hanak) and young son (Michal Vorel) gather their high-tech toys and flee to the bucolic Czech countryside for a weekend of bonding. Once in the wild, Honza meets the alluring and rebellious city refugee, Marketa (Barbora Nimcova), whose wisdom-spewing grandmother (Ljuba Skorepova) has an aversion to time and a cellar full of homemade liquor. Hard-working local Ludva (Boleslav Polivka) verbalizes pic’s theme by proclaiming a suspicion of technology in general: “You can’t milk a computer!” he bellows, while raising a ruckus in the pub. Fueled by various brews and nostrums, as well as an attraction to Marketa, Honza is soon in the grip of a comically benign mid-life crisis, trying to reconcile the relentless beeping of his cell phone with pastoral village ways. Tech credits are fine.