Sztuczki (Tricks)

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Sztuczki (Tricks)

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  • 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…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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  • A child's-eye view of parochial Poland during a sleepy, endless summer, Tricks is handsomely photographed but defiantly lacking in drama.

    September 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • At its worst, Tricks is tricksy: self-indulgent and a little twee, but at its frequent best it has an easy charm.

    September 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • In common with so many Polish directors, Andrezej Jakimowski is obsessed with the peculiar magic of fate and coincidence but unlike Kieslowski, say, he avoids grandly ecstatic/gloomy set-pieces.

    September 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A small Polish charmer that seems lost in the wake of time.

    September 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Andrzej Jakimowski's squib of humdrum life hides a yearning heart.

    September 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sztuczki (Tricks)

  • May 20, 2010
    interesting tale showing a sister and her younger brother living a dull existence, in there small town, the sister learning italian, and hoping for a job in company across town and younger brother exploring the town, mostly at the train station, observing, some nice touches, and pace is leisurly, it doesent go where i think it would, but some nice moments
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