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Sztuczki (Tricks) (2009)

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A young boy living in a provincial mining town near Wroclaw does his best to tempt fate by connecting a handsome commuter with his single mother in writer/producer/director Andrzej Jakimowski's working class family drama. Stefek (Damian Ul) is the six year-old sibling of Elka (Ewelina Walendziak), and the son of a pretty small town shopkeeper (Iwona Fornalczyk). His father abandoned the family when Stefek was just a few years old, so these days the wandering youngster spends most of his time following eighteen year-old Elka and her mechanic boyfriend Jerzy (Rafal Guzniczak) around town. While Elka has been studying Italian in hopes of landing a job at a local Italian firm, Jerzy does his best to remain faithful despite his attraction to shapely village strumpet Violka (Joanna Liszowska). One day, after pondering the manner in which his older sister attempts to shape her own fate though various quasi-magical means, Elka attempts to try his own hand at bargaining with destiny by secretly guiding a commuter who reminds him of his long lost father into the shop of his lonely mother.

Cast

Damian Ul
as Stefek
Tomasz Sapryk
as Stefka and Elka's Father
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Critic Reviews for Sztuczki (Tricks)

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

Bathed in summer light, 'Tricks' offers a warm portrait of childhood and attributes unusual intelligence and emotional instincts to its subjects.

September 4, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

The slightly-too-calculated cuteness of Andrzej Jakimowski's film didn't induce any warm fuzziness in me, but the neatly crafted plot kept me engaged.

September 7, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Sunday Times (UK)

This is a sad, muted, delicately observed film with strong naturalistic performances.

September 7, 2009 | Full Review…
Observer (UK)

Polish filmmaker Jakimowski taps into his own childhood for this engaging and warmly authentic slice of life drama. Blending comedy and a hint of magical realism, this beautiful little film really gets under the skin.

September 4, 2009 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
Shadows on the Wall

Charming and engrossing with beautifully drawn characters.

September 4, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Empire Magazine

A film whose well-crafted side-attractions could divert attention from the finely-tuned engine of the story, ticking away softly in the background as it carries us quietly to our destination.

September 4, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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