Nothing Personal is art-house cinema at its most esoteric: ignored by most, adored by few, screened by fewer. Czech-born director Urszula Antoniaks feature-film debut is a low-key study in late-blooming romance between a steel-trapped, fiercely withdrawn vagabond (a striking Lotte Verbeek) and the hermetic farmer (Stephen Rea) she encounters on a bucolic ramble through rural Ireland. Anchored by a shared passion for food, labor, and music (an eclectic soundtrack mix of opera and psychobilly), the two societal misfits progress deliberately from grumpy cohabitants to something like lovers, even if one extenuating circumstance ensures that their relationship will be limited. Antoniak, who also wrote the minimalistic screenplay, has a vivid eye for visual storytelling, relying on dialogue only when absolutely necessary. Her white-on-black intertitles, which often provide an ironic counterpoint to the ensuing scene, are a pretentious film-school touch, but the films pared-down poetry and lack of Hollywood sentimentality and structure will appeal to the urbane cinephile at Living Room Theaters at FAU. Admission is $9.50 for adults, $7.50 for matinees, and $6.50 for students, teachers, and military. Its only $5 on Mondays and Tuesdays. The theater is at 777 Glades Road in Boca Raton. For times, check out livingroomtheaters.com.
Thu., Feb. 17; Fri., Feb. 18, 2011