Friday, May 19, 2017

Birds, Orphans and Fools (1969)

Directed by Juraj Jakubisko
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

Two men and one woman live a childlike existence in a bombed out church in the middle of a city in Czechoslovakia. Surrounded by uncaged birds, they play games and sing with no cares, or responsibilities. One of the men seduces the girl, making the other man jealous and threatening their idyllic lives. The relationship ends when the man gets arrested and spends a year in jail. During that time the other man starts a relationship with the girl resulting in her pregnancy. Released from jail, the other man returns and tragedy ensues. The characters are annoying, the politics dated and melodramatic plot boring. Most of the running time is spent showing them acting out in various immature ways. Some interesting camerawork, however, as it moves around the characters almost completely unhinged.

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