Directed By: Marek Lechki
Written By: Marek Lechki
Produced By: Harmony Film Production, Marek Lechki
Cast: Tomasz Kot, Ryszard Kotys, Tomasz Radawiec, Karina Kunkiewicz
MPAA Rating: NR
Runtime: 90 minutes
Review Date: October 27, 2010
Sometimes the only way to outrun our past is to run away from our home. Michał (Tomasz Kot) does just that after attending University and never returning to his hometown. When he’s forced to run an errand for a boss, he finds himself smack dab in the middle of town, where he sees his father (Ryszard Kotys) and former bandmate, Zbyszek (Tomasz Radawiec).
Michał is mysterious and a man of few words. In fact, the feature film debut from Marek Lechki is short on dialogue, yet somehow immensely stacked with character development. Upon returning home, a series of unfortunate events force Michał to prolong his visit, which prompts him to reconnect and rethink his life and steps. The film is constantly resembles that of a moody teenager, which Michał sort of still plays when interacting with his father.
An interesting twist to the story is Michał’s fascination with a homeless man in the town. While in the beginning of the relationship, it’s a bit confusing why he holds on to this man, his belongings and devotes so much of his time to finding out about him. But in the end, it’s a beautiful metaphor playing into Michał’s own relationship with his father and also his relationship with his son.
A personal favorite character from the film was Michał’s father. Here is an old man, going about his daily routine and none too happy about his newest houseguest. While you never truly understand what happened between the father and son, you feel the anger, compassion and eventual love.
The word “erratum” deals with mistakes and corrections, a theme Lechki evokes when Michał reflects on his childhood and life before his big move to the city with his wife and son. Lechki poses viewers with a multitude of questions during Michał’s character development. What is home? Can you ever truly leave the past behind? And if you can, what happens in your wake?
Hanna Soltys is a green tea drinker and film critic living in Chicago.