After writer-director Michael Glover Smith’s delectably layered Mercury in Retrograde (2017), this follow-up, a slender anthology film, disappoints. Its three chapters are connected only in that they depict romantic relationships in the same city. The first is by far the strongest, chronicling a would-be pickup artist’s (Kevin Wehby) attempts to dazzle a University of Chicago grad student (Clare Cooney) with his professed deep-bench reading, a pose she quickly dispels when she challenges him to a game of strip literary trivia. The actors are well matched, and there’a a satisfying twist at the segment’s end. Alas, the second chapter, about a gay couple in Rogers Park (Rashaad Hall, Matthew Sherbach) trying to assess their long-term compatibility based on who’s a cat person or a dog person, could have been funnier if it had more closely hewed to that comic premise; instead, it gradually sinks under waves of Chicago boosterism, extolling the neighborhoods and the lake, leaving behind something sweet but insubstantial. The last chapter is the most formally daring: a hospital worker (Nina Ganet) comes home early, finds her boyfriend (Shane Simmons) in bed with another woman, tosses him out in a rage, and then breaks the fourth wall to apologize to the viewer for her behavior. Apology morphs into flirtation, giving Ganet an opportunity to show her versatility as an actor and closing the film on a teasingly surrealistic note. Smith ardently admires the French New Wave; his preface before the first chapter features a cameo by Haydée Politoff, the star of Éric Rohmer’s La Collectionneuse (1967). Smith may not be Rohmer, but Politoff remains incandescent.