LOVE FROM ABOVE
Eddie Cockrell, Variety, 16. 4.
Cinemart release (in Czech Republic) of a Negativ, Unarfilm production. Produced
by Petr Oukropec, Petr Marek. Directed, written, edited by Petr Marek, from his
With: Tereza Vilisova, Tomas Zakravsky, Magdalena Hruba, Prokop
Holoubek, Petr Marek, Jana Provaznikova.
Dispensing with such niceties as pacing and plot structure,
do-it-yourself feature "Love From Above" is well below par. "The fun appears
slowly," debuting helmer Petr Marek cautioned the sparse Pilsen fest crowd, many
of whom may still be waiting for it. Self-indulgent pic won't fly far from home
in any format, with tube play its most logical fate.
Nudged by omniscient
narrators, what story there is follows Marek's real-life friends Magdalena Hruba
and Prokop Holoubek, seemingly average twentysomethings who after much hanging
around their apartment block and environs through various seasons decide to
travel some distance to witness a solar eclipse. As adventures unfold, pic
exudes a film school fascination with itself, but only transcends that mindset
with the arrival of a thrice-married middle-aged woman (Jana Provaznikova) with
whom Holoubek has an impromptu heart-to-heart talk. Tech credits are strictly
bargain basement, with ensemble camerawork that makes "The Blair Witch Project"
seem stately by comparison and sophomoric experiments in sound (including a
brief musical number) that fall far short of charming. Marek was a.d. on Jan
Nemec's 2001 Locarno fest vid winner "Late Night Talks With
Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Marek, Prokop Holoubek, Zdenek
Elias, David Kristek, Magdalena Hruba, Filip Cenek; music, Marek, Jiri Nebesky,
Holoubek, Hruba, Bohdan Karasek, Ondrej Kyas, Ondrej Sarek, Petr Vasa. Reviewed
at Finale Pilsen Film Festival (competing), April 1, 2003. Running time: 103
Date in print: Wed., Apr. 16, 2003,