If that plucky seeker of bliss Bridget Jones lived in the Czech Republic, she might be something like Laura (Zuzana Kanoczova), the 23-year-old heroine of Filip Renc's spirited comedy From Subway With Love. When Laura discovers that the billboards on her commuter train have been replaced by overheated love letters to an unnamed woman from someone called Oliver, Laura reveals to friends that she and she alone is the object of the mystery man's affections. Enter some vivid complications and some revealing flashbacks: Forty-year-old Oliver (Marek Vasut) not only conducted an affair with Laura, he was also the one true love of her difficult mother, Jana (Simona Stasova), more than twenty years ago. Satirical and sharply observant, Renc's work represents another indication that filmmakers in Central and Eastern Europe continue to expand their horizons in the post-Soviet era. A hit at the Cannes Film Festival, this comedy has intrigued American audiences just as thoroughly.
From Subway With Love opens a one-week run at the Starz FilmCenter on Friday, May 12. Starz is at 900 Auraria Parkway, in the Tivoli building on the Auraria campus. For information and showtimes, call 303-820-3456 or go to www.denverfilm.org