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Six-year-old Stefek challenges fate. He believes that setting a chain of events in motion will help him get closer to his father who left his mother. His sister helps him bribe fate with small sacrifices. Tricks and coincidences bring his father back but things go wrong and Stefek tries a very risky trick...Written by
One of the truly wonderful Eastern European films. "Sztuczki" beautifully captures the spirit of the small post soviet town. I found it very recognizable as I come from that kind of place myself.
The relationship between reality of that kind of life and dream world is shown subtly and accurately in those characters. "Sztuczki" is a deep film, but the aftertaste is light and positive.
I particularly loved the casting – little boy, his sister, boy with motorcycle, mystery guy from the train platform, neighbors and ordinary passers-by – they all were poetical impersonations of the emotions people deal with in a town like that - boredom, longing, coping with everyday life, affection.
Beautiful filming, writing and acting.
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