Tricks (12A)

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The Independent Culture

Andrzej Jakimowski's squib of humdrum life hides a yearning heart.

In a somnolent Polish backwater, a young boy (Damian Ul) hangs around the train station spying on a businessman who might be his father; meanwhile, his teenage sister (Ewelina Walendziak) keeps waiting for a job interview with the snazzy Italian company that's new in town. The pace of the story imitates the pace of provincial life, sometimes so faithfully that it drags a little. But the relationship between brother and sister is touchingly done, and Tomasz Gassowski's music flips gaily between jauntiness and melancholia.

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