Poignant low-key drama “Erratum,” the feature debut of Polish multihyphenate Marek Lechki, gracefully chronicles a man’s attempt to address regrets big and small from the recent and distant past. Offering the hope that it’s never too late to repair broken relationships, this small but affecting pic heads into a first-quarter 2011 domestic release after reaping multiple awards on the fest circuit. A quality find for fests and broadcasters, with an appealing cast, it deserves long life in ancillary.
Thirty-four-year-old Michal (Tomasz Kot, strong) has a boring job in a Warsaw accounting firm, and with wife Magda (Karin Kuniekiewicz) is preparing for their son’s first communion. When his boss asks him to pick up a car in the ancient port city of Szczecin, the return to his birthplace sparks an unwelcome opportunity to revisit a painful and still unresolved portion of his past.
Repaying close attention, Lechki’s intelligent screenplay doesn’t lay all its cards on the table at once. Details of Michal’s former life gradually emerge as he accidentally encounters a former bandmate (Tomasz Radawiec) and visits the ailing father (Ryszard Kotys, heartrending) from whom he’s long been estranged.
After an unexpected turn of events keeps Michal in Szczecin longer than planned, Lechki confirms his affinity for the quirky rhythms of small-town life he displayed in his film school graduation project, “My Town.” Superior supporting turns from Jerzy Rogalski as a kindly mechanic and Janusz Michalowski as a surprisingly reasonable policeman add to the humanist feel.
Attractive tech package is led by Przemyslaw Kaminski’s expert lensing and Robert Mankowski’s sensitive cutting. Bartek Straburzynski’s wistful score complements ample diegetic music.