Meet Ivan. Ivan is a 24-year-old day trader in Amsterdam. He gets his kicks guessing his grocery-store total and leaving Post-Its around the office offering spot-on stock tips. His skill is eventually noticed, and he’s promoted at his hotshot firm. The job comes with a fancy apartment, and the receptionist isn’t bad, either. This is pretty much all we’re allowed to know about Ivan (Oscar van Rompay) in Win/Win, and for about half of the film, it’s compelling enough to see this spindly young thing succeed in business without really trying. But then he starts acting weird and seems to get depressed, and you don’t really know why. (Well, toward the end there’s a big why, but the crisis begins much earlier.) And as we see little but Ivan’s day-to-day with minimal social interaction, this portrait stops being interesting and starts asking the question, What’s the point? The finale is equally facile and kinda corny, nudging this promising film toward lose/lose.
At 8:30 p.m. at Goethe-Institut; also on Saturday, April 16 at 5 p.m. at Avalon Theatre.