The beatings by his wife become so severe that there’s no way to hide it at work, and Jan is forced into therapy. Jan’s accidentally placed in a class with spousal abusers (rather than the abused), and the comedy flows from this misunderstanding.
We learn that Jan’s wife has a talent for Opera, one she has given up in order to be with her husband, and it is this fact that underlies her own depression. The farcical and violent situation becomes more comprehensible, and it all seems to come together in the end.
As it all unfolds, the film does avoid many pitfalls, and it comes across as a generally amusing, uniquely plotted romantic comedy. It may not be the finest film of this year’s fest, but I appreciate the risks that it takes, and with fine performances and good plotting it’s an edgy and droll film that’s worth a look.