Restart

Restart" never turns over, despite interesting visual and narrative frissons along the way. Trendy Czech-Finnish co-production of a young Prague woman imagining solutions to a love-life blunder fails to ignite outside of the obvious twentysomething target market, indicating quick regional theatrical playoff, decent cable sales and fleeting, possibly cultish, homevid.

With:
With: Lenka Krobotova, Filip Capka, Anna Polivkova, Vaclav Jiracek, Hana Seidlova.

Restart” never turns over, despite interesting visual and narrative frissons along the way. Trendy Czech-Finnish co-production of a young Prague woman imagining solutions to a love-life blunder fails to ignite outside of the obvious twentysomething target market, indicating quick regional theatrical playoff, decent cable sales and fleeting, possibly cultish, homevid.

Out partying overnight at a cavernous disco with cynical chum Marie (Anna Polivka), go-getter ad exec Sylva (Lenka Krobotova) marks the passage from March 31 by phoning live-in b.f. Martin (Filip Capka) to announce a fictitious six-month affair with his brother Robert (Vaclav Jiracek). Before she can yell “April Fool!” Martin’s gone nuts with jealousy and grief, leaving Sylva to pick up rapidly falling pieces. Debuting writer-helmer Julius Sevcik seizes the “Run Lola Run” playbook by having the protag imagine various scenarios and outcomes, the most emotionally raw of which involves Martin’s mother (Hana Seidlova). Result is existential as all get-out, but can’t hide the fact that underneath Krobotova’s volcanic perf is a self-centered, extremely dislikeable character. Tech credits are pro, led by Finnish D.P. Kasimir Lehto’s fresh look at urban Prague. There is no Czech title.

— Eddie Cockrell

Restart

Czech Republic-Finland

Production: A Bontonfilm release (in the Czech Republic, Slovakia) of an Axman production, in association with FAMU, U. of Art and Design Helsinki, Media Center Lume. (International sales: MonteCristo Entertainment, New York.) Produced by Karla Stojakova. Directed by Julius Sevcik. Screenplay, Ondrej Ladek, Sevcik, from a story by Ladek.

Crew: Camera (color), Kasimir Lehto; editor, Aleksi Raij; music, various; art director, Henrich Boraros; costume designer, Linda Jirikova. Reviewed on DVD, Sydney, Australia, April 15, 2006. (In Finale Plzen Film Festival -- competing.) Running time: 75 MIN.

With: With: Lenka Krobotova, Filip Capka, Anna Polivkova, Vaclav Jiracek, Hana Seidlova.

More Film

  • First Look at Trailer for Avi

    First Look at Trailer for Avi Nesher’s Toronto Entry 'The Other Story'

    Restart” never turns over, despite interesting visual and narrative frissons along the way. Trendy Czech-Finnish co-production of a young Prague woman imagining solutions to a love-life blunder fails to ignite outside of the obvious twentysomething target market, indicating quick regional theatrical playoff, decent cable sales and fleeting, possibly cultish, homevid. Out partying overnight at a […]

  • SXSW Winner 'Jinn' Bought by Orion

    SXSW Winner 'Jinn' Bought by Orion Classics for November Release

    Restart” never turns over, despite interesting visual and narrative frissons along the way. Trendy Czech-Finnish co-production of a young Prague woman imagining solutions to a love-life blunder fails to ignite outside of the obvious twentysomething target market, indicating quick regional theatrical playoff, decent cable sales and fleeting, possibly cultish, homevid. Out partying overnight at a […]

  • Federico Veiroj's Toronto/San Sebastian Title ‘Belmonte’

    Watch the Exclusive Trailer for Federico Veiroj's Toronto, San Sebastián Player 'Belmonte'

    Restart” never turns over, despite interesting visual and narrative frissons along the way. Trendy Czech-Finnish co-production of a young Prague woman imagining solutions to a love-life blunder fails to ignite outside of the obvious twentysomething target market, indicating quick regional theatrical playoff, decent cable sales and fleeting, possibly cultish, homevid. Out partying overnight at a […]

  • Oscars Popular Film Illustration

    Will Oscars' Popular Film Category Generate Ratings or Just Controversy?

    Restart” never turns over, despite interesting visual and narrative frissons along the way. Trendy Czech-Finnish co-production of a young Prague woman imagining solutions to a love-life blunder fails to ignite outside of the obvious twentysomething target market, indicating quick regional theatrical playoff, decent cable sales and fleeting, possibly cultish, homevid. Out partying overnight at a […]

  • Theodore Pellerin stars as “Xavier” and

    'Outlaw King,' 'Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy' to Open and Close Toronto Film Festival

    Restart” never turns over, despite interesting visual and narrative frissons along the way. Trendy Czech-Finnish co-production of a young Prague woman imagining solutions to a love-life blunder fails to ignite outside of the obvious twentysomething target market, indicating quick regional theatrical playoff, decent cable sales and fleeting, possibly cultish, homevid. Out partying overnight at a […]

  • Cobie SmuldersChanel Tribeca Film Festival Artists

    Cobie Smulders Comedy 'Alright Now' Lands at Gravitas Ventures (EXCLUSIVE)

    Restart” never turns over, despite interesting visual and narrative frissons along the way. Trendy Czech-Finnish co-production of a young Prague woman imagining solutions to a love-life blunder fails to ignite outside of the obvious twentysomething target market, indicating quick regional theatrical playoff, decent cable sales and fleeting, possibly cultish, homevid. Out partying overnight at a […]

  • Jordan Peele photographed by Art Streiber

    What's Next for Jordan Peele and His House of Horrors

    Restart” never turns over, despite interesting visual and narrative frissons along the way. Trendy Czech-Finnish co-production of a young Prague woman imagining solutions to a love-life blunder fails to ignite outside of the obvious twentysomething target market, indicating quick regional theatrical playoff, decent cable sales and fleeting, possibly cultish, homevid. Out partying overnight at a […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content