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The Birch Tree (1967)

Breza (original title)
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 (as Bata Zivojinovic)
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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Drama | Romance





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27 June 1967 (Yugoslavia)  »

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El abedul  »

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Based on the novel "Breza" by Slavko Kolar which was published in 1928. See more »


Featured in Dobro jutro (2007) See more »

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14 September 2006 | by (Belgrade, Serbia) – See all my reviews

"Breza" is a poetic slow and mostly silent movie about life of the people living in the village in Croatia. The main theme is love or lack of love between Janica, girl of unusual beauty, and Marko, man with mustaches who has already broken many of women's hearts. And Janica's heart is yet to be broken. How could she as the only Breza in the wood survive this lack of love and the cruel inhabitants of the village. the main point is how something so special and so unique can be destroyed by society and misunderstanding. Film is great pictured, photography is perfect, every shot is a small master-piece. The film is pictured in the style of naive painters and it has that kind of atmosphere.

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