A commendable first feature, Slovenian writer-director Gregor Bozic’s deceptively modest magic-realist endeavor follows the platonic travails of a miserly, old carpenter and a beautiful, young chestnut seller on the border of the newly re-established Yugoslavia and Italy in the years immediately following World War II. The carpenter’s wife falls ill and passes away, while the chestnut seller is abandoned by her husband; the old man wants to stay, while the young woman yearns to go. Bozic cowrote the script with Marina Guzmi, and no one involved seems overly concerned with narrative coherence, which is the best thing about it—especially when charming fantasy sequences and even the Three Kings (complete with song) enter into the mix. This was shot on Super 16-millimeter and 35-millimeter film, and its aesthetic befits the filmmakers’ ambitions; on the other hand, cutesy title cards spelled out in Wes Anderson-style font displaying the characters’ names and descriptors feel unnecessary. It’s still one of the more impressive debuts I’ve seen as of late, exuding a melancholic whimsy that’s affecting on the whole. In Slovenian and Italian with English subtitles.