Bulgarian lovers run amuck in the Quebec wilderness in experimental drama “Our Private Lives,” the second feature by former film critic Denis Cote (“Drifting States”). Self-indulgent low-budgeter, charting the relationship of a couple who met in an Internet chatroom, moves from hot sex through quarrels and a “Blair Witch”-like turn before a final, unseen kiss-off. “Lives” is exclusively fest fare.
Beautiful, 20-ish Bulgarian immigrant Milena (Anastasia Liutova) invites her Sofia-based cyber-correspondent Philip (Penko S. Gospodinov) to spend three weeks at a secluded cabin. They immediately hit it off in the sack but, after a few days, differences of temperament and intellect get in the way. She’s controlling and restless; he’s a bit of a macho boor. About 45 minutes in, pic takes a left turn toward B-movie horror when something in the forest attacks Philip and Milena dispatches an intruder (Jean-Charles Fonti) back at the cottage. Lead thesps — both theater actors from Bulgaria imported by Cote — translated helmer’s script themselves, and neither director nor crew understood Bulgarian. DV-shot pic looked grainy on bigscreen.