Karlovy Vary Review: ‘Borders Of Love’

A couple tries the swinging lifestyle love bordera check-set drama that premiered in Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Hana (Hana Wagnerova) and Petr (Matyáš ezníček) have a loving relationship, inspired by friends who preach about the experience.

While Hana thrives on discovering her sexuality with other men, novelty begins to wane for Petr, and feelings come to a head when one of them breaks his first rule: never see the same person twice.

The film, by Polish-born, Prague-based director Tomas Vinsky, who also co-wrote, is an initially involved drama that thins into the final act, though the performances are consistently engaging and the shooting style helps enhance the intimacy. does.

There’s a duet to it that records itself constantly, perhaps obsessively. When Hana finds years of home movies on a broken hard drive, she’s lost, and they begin to use their phones to record their conversations and lovemaking. The loss of this record from his past gives Hana an impetus to make a change, and conversations about swingers’ clubs allow him to share his fantasies in a reassuringly hesitant but upbeat fashion. A bar cuts to an amusing scene, when Petr dares Hana to approach a man she has been eyeing. When he surprises them by considering the suggestion of a threesome, they panic—it’s an awkward moment that captures the awkwardness and faint terror of dipping one’s toe into the unknown.

Soon, however, they get used to, and more dark comedy ensues. Petr has sex with a woman while her husband watches, only for the crying child to interrupt them, and causes an argument about who goes to comfort the child. Such scenes underline the less glamorous reality of the lifestyle, and there are scenes in a swingers club that carry a cautionary note. There’s also Open Erotica, though the film’s arresting poster is deceptively orgasmic: It’s more about partner swapping than group sex. It also takes away from exploring same-sex experiences in a polygamous community.

There is a curious scene where a poly group interviews Hana and Petr, deciding whether to invite them into their world. A rant about safe sex makes a gesture, but lands strangely badly with Petr: It’s hard to get on board with a hero who doesn’t believe in getting tested.

Petr’s difficulty in sharing his feelings is part of the plot, but it also hinders the enjoyment of the film: it’s a shame when you learn more about a character from press notes than from the film itself. Clearly love border There’s an attempt to find the honesty—or lack thereof—in relationships, but it primarily feels like the story of a couple who get into an experiment without thinking. Still, it is a thought provoking watch, and based on the KVIFF audience, it will surely inspire people to talk.