It’s a pity the best title in the Melbourne International Film Festival program is hardly in the running for best film.
The offbeat, quirky, sociopolitical feature starts off well as the welfare-supported film director (played by the film’s director, Julian Radlmaier) covers his enforced employment at an apple farm as research for his next feature. He even persuades potential lead actress (and wannabe love interest) to accompany him.
But in addressing issues of illegal immigration, anti-globalisation and the negative changes bought to eastern Europe by the collapse of communism, Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog, like the main characters, loses its way. It’s quirky charm is subsumed by its attempt to be too clever.
Screened in the Melbourne International Film Festival.