|Richard Brzostek - 12/22/2008
Sztos is a film about two conmen. These guys are probably not the type of people you would want to meet as they cheat at cards, they cheat on their women and they cheat tourists for a living. The frame of the story takes place in the 1990s but most of the story is their reflection to the 1970s.
In the 1970s, Synek (Cezary Pazura) is a young guy just out of prison that wants to make a lot of money fast. He knows some tricks but has ambition to learn more so he teams up with an experienced conman named Eryk (Jan Nowicki). Interestingly enough, Jan Nowicki also plays the leading role in Wielki Szu (1983), also a movie about a conman. Sztos glamorizes crime to some degree but also shows it isn't all fun and games.
A few of Poland's leading actors gave directing a try including Olaf Lubaszenko. Sztos, made in 1997, is Lubaszenko's directorial debut. Lubaszenko is better known for being an actor than a director but I have to say the second film he directed, Boys Don't Cry (Chlopaki Nie Placza), is a classic. If you are looking for something that is fairly entertaining, with a bit of action and humor, then "Sztos" may suit you.
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