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Erratum

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.

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With: Tomasz Kot, Ryszard Kotys, Tomasz Radawiec, Janusz Michalowski, Karin Kuniekiewicz, Jerzy Rogalski.

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.

Erratum

Poland

Production: A Best Film release of a Harmony Film production in co-production with Heligraf, Voiceland with support from the Polish Film Institute. (International sales: Harmony Films, Wolow, Poland.) Produced by Marek Lechki. Co-producers, Andrzej Jedrzejewski, Jaroslaw Czernichowski, Rafal Konopacki, Piotr Krzykwa. Directed, written by Marek Lechki.

Crew: Camera (color) Przemyslaw Kaminski; editor, Robert Mankowski; music, Bartek Straburzynski; art director, Barbara Kominska; costume designer, Anna Weber; sound (Dolby Digital), Pawel Luczyc-Wyhowski. Reviewed on DVD, Chicago, Oct. 25, 2010. (In Warsaw Film Festival -- 1-2, competing; Pusan Film Festival -- Flash Forward, competing; Chicago Film Festival -- New Directors, competing; Thessaloniki Film Festival -- competing; Mar Del Plata Film Festival.) Running time: 91 MIN.

With: With: Tomasz Kot, Ryszard Kotys, Tomasz Radawiec, Janusz Michalowski, Karin Kuniekiewicz, Jerzy Rogalski.

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