Omnibus Entertainment does indie-film god parent Film Movement very proud as to the September 22, 2020 DVD release of the sublime 2018 quirky comedy "The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova." "Dombrova" is EXACTLY what we need today. It easily is the most witty and charming film that your not-so-humble reviewer has seen since watching the (reviewed) biodramedy "Stan and Ollie" in January 2019.
The well-deserved festival love for "Dombrova" includes Best Feature and Best Director honors at the 2019 Canadian Film Fest.
The following "Domdrova" trailer provides a moderate "Fargo" vibe as to the offbeat sensibility and the barren setting of the film.
Our story begins with squabbling siblings Aaron and Sarah fresh off the plane from Canada and seeking transportation at a Polish airport. Writer/director Zack Bernbaum expertly conveys their relationship early on by having uptight bureaucrat rely on the statement of an airport worker that there are no cabs only to have disaffected Sarah being right as to a nearby car meeting their uber need.
Additional early exposition establishes that our reluctant tourists are in Poland to fulfill a dying wish of their grandmother. Contrary to the assertion in "Seinfeld" that "In Poland, we all had ponies," the grandmother owned the titular prancing pooch. The grandkids are there to retrieve the bones of the dog so that they can be buried in Canada with the grandmother.
The driver, who becomes a friend and regular chauffeur, takes the visitors from The Great White North to the requested address. This figurative dead-end results in Aaron and Sarah finding themselves in a vacant lot where they are the subject of the vacant stares of the men who are sitting there.
The next stop is the guest house run by a tough-but-compassionate middle-aged woman whose cooking reflects the principle that no part of an animal should be wasted. Her sister provides the room service at the establishment.
The driver from the night before showing up with her teen son in tow introduces that scene stealer/detective of humanity to the film. The insights of that lad include that even a baseless charge of child molestation can be effective in meeting your goals.
This leads to civil servant Ian meeting his match at the local hall of records; that man shows that an expedited request is not always a timely one.
The subsequent wacky adventures include encounters with a local priest and with a peer of the grandmother who has a very old school attitude. Throughout all this, Aaron and Sarah gain a greater understanding of each other.
Bernbaum saves some of the best for last as things culminate in a final desperate measure that is proportion to the times. This involves the taxi driver showing the extent to which she is willing to take one for the team.
All of this shows that a relatable story in the right hands can delight and amuse.