Comical, sad and outright weird scenes play out in seven different bedrooms in digitally made Russian comedy-drama “Bed Stories.” With its one shot per scene regime and to-the-galleries thesping, this sophomore effort by helmer Kirill Serebrennikov doesn’t try to disguise its origins as a legit work, written by brothers Oleg and Vladimir Presnyakov. Script’s nimble footwork and pic’s doggedly low-tech integrity may seduce further fests and cablers, but unless theatrical distribs stump for transfer costs, the pic will be restricted to ultra-specialized theaters equipped with digital projectors.
Despite pic’s come-hither title, there’s very little sex in it. Opening scene features Iya Savvina as a nagging, bedridden mother who kvetches continually at her son Slava (Alexander Sirin). Other beds featured are in homes where wives cheat on their husbands, a hotel bed where a husband cheats on his wife with another man, and adjacent bunks in an Army barrack where two soldiers have a chat. By the end, it becomes clear the separate stories are much more connected than they seem at first. Natalia Kolyakanova gives a star turn as an aging vamp. Tech credits are cheap but cheerful.