Squit Your Eyes | Chicago Reader

Squit Your Eyes

After running away from home, a ten-year-old girl (Malgorzata Foremniak) seeks refuge with her former tutor, the caretaker of a run-down farm (Zbigniew Zamachowski), and though her wealthy parents try various methods to bring her home, she insists on staying put. Central to the charm of this Polish feature is the complex relationship between the girl and her tutor: he manages to teach her some values contrary to her parents' materialism, but she's more than willing to point out his eccentricities as well. Writer-director Andrzej Jakimowski populates the farm with several other colorful characters, including the tutor's poetry-spouting sidekick; because of the director's restraint and subtlety, the assorted relationships take a while to coalesce, yet this wry and laconic story, reminiscent of early Milos Forman, resonates long after the final scene. 88 min.

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