The Bye Bye Man
The Bye Bye Man is the kind of film that is so boring and bereft of anything of possible interest that it becomes infuriating.
"I'm All Good" strikes that particularly Czech note of whimsical eccentricity. It's characters are strange, but they don't work at it. They exist for hanging out, playing cards, drinking beer, testing their fortunes at romance. They are not especially canny, except for Mr. Mrklas, the retired magician.
He lives in a nice modern house in Prague. The others live in, next to, or within walking distance of a "club" on a boat anchored on the Vltava River, which runs through the city. I do not recall a single official customer in the club, only an assortment of old friends who gather around a table on the deck and watch the day float by.
Kája (Miroslav Vladyka), who wears a constant look of mild bewilderment, has put aside some money, and one day showers the bills on his wife after she plops on the bed. "Where did you get it?" she asks. Oh, here and there. Mostly by playing cards and hanging around outside weddings impersonating a chimney-sweep--who brings good luck t the newlyweds when he poses in their photos, don't you know. Whether many chimneys are actually swept in Prague is not the point.
Kaja promises to take his wife Andula (Lenka Vlasáková) on a beach holiday. But first he attends a local rummage sale, where he runs afoul of a crooked shell game and loses all the money. This will not go over well at home. In desperation he appeals to Mr. Mrklas (Boleslav Polívka), whose sleight-of-hand is astonishing.