‘Present Me What You Obtained’ evaluation: Polyamorous intercourse drama fizzles

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Ah, to be younger, lovely and uninhibited in Los Angeles. In director-cinematographer Svetlana Cvetko’s bold indie drama “Present Me What You Obtained,” three soulful twentysomethings naked their hearts and our bodies to at least one one other in modern, polyamorous European-flavored type.

Marcello (Mattia Minasi) is on the town ostensibly taking “business” conferences for his father, an Italian cleaning soap opera megastar, however actually simply desires to have enjoyable. Annoyed by his demanding dad — who expects his son to really attend the conferences — Marcello bonds with Nassim (Neyssan Falahi), a French-Iranian actor/private coach trying to find which means, on the pier in Malibu. The subsequent day, the younger males meet free-spirited waitress/photographer/conceptual artist Cristina (Cristina Rambaldi), they usually rapidly turn out to be inseparable.

Earlier than anybody has slept collectively, the couch-surfing Nassim and Cristina, who has not too long ago been sleeping in an all-night Korean spa, settle for Marcello’s provide to share an condo paid for by his father’s bank card. A visit to Joshua Tree consummates the threesome’s relationship simply in time for the idyllic, unsustainable fantasy to be intruded upon by actuality.

The solid is interesting and the performances have a fizzy buoyancy: the boyishly good-looking Minasi infuses the callow Marcello with a disarming cluelessness; Falahi’s Nassim is a convincing thinker — think about a bearded John Lennon with the physique of a boxer; and Rambaldi, because the playfully seductive Cristina, lends the association a level of credibility. Who wouldn’t be smitten?

However the movie’s greater goals by no means take maintain. The breeziness feels at odds with implied gravitas. An omniscient narrator tells us what every character is feeling, negating any subtext. What’s offered as a pure type of love too typically appears like good-looking strangers taking an erotic tumble in a perfume advert. Cvetko’s black-and-white images, although attractive, reinforces that sense by a boilerplate view of L.A. — Hollywood, seaside, downtown, desert.

Written by Cvetko and producer David Scott Smith, the movie pauses for philosophical interludes that by no means fairly escape the sensation that the phrases got here from a pen (or phrase processor) moderately than from fully-formed characters; nor does it discover the emotional complexity of the romantic state of affairs. Regardless of the apparent affect of the French New Wave, “Present Me What You Obtained” is finally nearer to “Summer time Lovers” than “Jules and Jim.”

‘Present Me What You Obtained’

In French, English and Italian with English subtitles

Not rated

Working time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Taking part in: Out there Feb. 12, Degree Ahead Dwell (with premiere occasions) and Laemmle Digital Cinema

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