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The Birch Tree (1967)
"Breza" (original title)

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Beautiful but ailing girl is married to a harsh man who doesn't care for her. Only after she dies does he realize that he actually loves her.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manca Kosir ...
Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic ...
Marko Labudan
Fabijan Sovagovic ...
Joza 'Sveti'
Nela Erzisnik ...
Markova mater
Martin Sagner ...
Markov pajdas / Grobar
Angel Palasev ...
Zugecic mladji, mladozenja
Stane Sever ...
Drago Bahun ...
Markov pajdas / Grobar
Hermina Pipinic ...
Rikard Brzeska ...
Janko Godinic
Kruno Valentic ...
Stevo Vujatovic ...
Valent, krcmar
Stjepan Knezevic
Viktor Bek ...
Starac u krcmi
Kresimir Zidaric ...
Zandar (as Kreso Zidaric)


Beautiful but ailing girl is married to a harsh man who doesn't care for her. Only after she dies does he realize that he actually loves her.

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27 June 1967 (Yugoslavia)  »

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Breza  »

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A meditative and spiritual film.
26 May 2001 | by (Pretoria, South Africa) – See all my reviews

Set in a remote village in the earlier years of the previous century, this is a sensitive and slow moving film very similar to Italian neo-realist films such as Ermanno Olmi's "Tree of Wooden Clogs". Filmed on location, and mostly with local rural people who are not professional actors, it documents (in a most convincing and authentic way) a time when Christian faith and ancient folklore intermingled in the the minds of peasants struggling to scrape a meagre living from the land, bearing their hardships and illnesses with a sufferant acceptance.

It documents a short period in the life of the village during which two funerals and two weddings take place, and it inter-cuts images from these events to emphasise the fragility of human life, how quickly beauty and pleasure pass, and how we are caught up in the pace, demands and pleasures of life, and only seldomly, often too late, have the time and inclination to reflect on what is really important.

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