Scratches in the Table | Chicago Reader

Scratches in the Table

A young girl travels to a small village to visit her curmudgeonly grandfather, whose wife has just died, and combs over the couple's summer cabin for clues that might explain how her grandmother changed from a lively free spirit into a strict, reclusive housewife. Dutch director Ineke Houtman does a credible job maintaining the suspense—though stretching it too thin for the final payoff—while showing the girl's efforts to restore harmony in the family. Despite a deliberately upbeat ending, the film adroitly soft-pedals the consequences of nonconformity and feminism.

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