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'The Young Kieslowski' taps into genuine, relatable truths

'The Young Kieslowski' taps into genuine, relatable truths

There's a welcome air of honesty drifting around Kerem Sanga's "The Young Kieslowski," a contemporary comedy-drama about a one-night-stand with unexpected ramifications.

When Brian Kieslowski (Ryan Malgarini), a geeky virgin of a Caltech student, hooks up with the pretty, similarly unsullied Leslie (Haley Lu Richardson) at a party, their brief liaison turns out to have twin repercussions, and Leslie's desire to see her pregnancy through sends Brian into a deep panic.

Although the film could have lived very nicely without the flippant narration and Richardson's character as written would have benefited from a little more sympathy, the engaging cast, which also...