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A businessman released from captivity becomes obsessed with rescuing a stranded cosmonaut in “Cosmos,” a disjointed debut feature from Diego Fandos with intriguing ideas, but not the wherewithal to make them sprout wings. Editing lacks spark, and thesps seem uncertain what to do with their lines, while Jungian mumbo-jumbo about spiritual links will inspire more eye-rolling than epiphanies. San Sebastian locations made it a natch for fest inclusion, though programmers further afield are unlikely to connect.

Held by kidnappers for nine months, Inaki (Ramon Barea) returns home. It’s 1992, the U.S.S.R. has just broken up, and a cosmonaut in the space station is stranded thanks to an ownership dispute. Inaki feels for his situation, becoming preoccupied with getting the trapped man back to earth. Meanwhile, Inaki’s estranged brother-in-law Javier (Xabier Elorriaga) strikes up a friendship with restaurateur Euriane (Oihana Maritorena), who senses that someone is looking for her. A guardian angel in multiple guises will link them all, leading to a beautiful closing sequence that goes some way toward soothing all the head-scratching. Unflattering yellow filters detract from overall look.

Cosmos

Spain

  • Production: An Alokatu production, in collaboration with ETB. (International sales: Alokatu, Madrid.) Produced by Jose Maria Lara. Executive producer, Marian Fernandez Pascal. Directed, written by Diego Fandos.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Javier Agirre; editor, Julia Juaniz; music, Javi P3Z; production designer, Sandra Galicia; costume designer, Saioa Lara. Reviewed at San Sebastian Film Festival (Zabaltegi New Directors), Sept. 23, 2007. Running time: 97 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Oihana Maritorena, Xabier Elorriaga, Ramon Barea, Klara Badiola, Arkaitz Gartziandia, Kristof Hadek, Montse Mostaza, Laida Pineiro, Algis Arlaukas. (Spanish, French dialogue)
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