Lacking the down-to-earth charm of his first feature, “Rustling Landscapes,” Slovenian helmer Janez Lapajne’s sophomore effort, “Short Circuits,” never sparks to full wattage. Low-budget Ljubljana-set ensembler plays with narrative chronology and various meanings of the title, intercutting stories of connections based on misunderstandings and guilty feelings. There’s a kernel of a good idea here, but it feels as if Lapajne (also co-producer, writer, editor and production designer) couldn’t devote his all to any of his tasks. Apart from fests, pic faces dim prospects.
First storyline concerns a bus driver who finds an abandoned baby, which he keeps while searching for its mother (Tjasa Zeleznik). Next, a beautiful doctor (also Zeleznik) visits a self-pitying paraplegic because she believes her boyfriend caused his accident. Finally, a careless divorced dad faces a life-or-death incident with his son, and loses time when a frightened gas station attendant (Zeleznik again) won’t open the pump after hours. The pic works best as a showcase for Zeleznik, who shines in three challenging roles. Tech credits are bare-bones, particularly the editing, which lacks rhythm and continuity.