MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,413 this week

The Island on Bird Street (1997)

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 1,048 users  
Reviews: 17 user | 10 critic

Alex is an 11-year old boy who, during WWII, hides in the Jewish ghetto from Nazis after all the relatives have been sent to the concentration camp. The movie portrays the ghetto through ... See full summary »

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 07 Feb 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 14 Jul 2011
 
a list of 37 titles
created 22 Feb 2012
 
a list of 94 titles
created 02 Nov 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 09 Apr 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Island on Bird Street (1997)

The Island on Bird Street (1997) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Island on Bird Street.

User Polls

9 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A WWII Drama about a German/Jewish industrialist who, in order to ensure his family's safe passage out of Germany, is forced to hand over his business to the Nazis.

Director: John Daly
Stars: Martin Landau, Kenny Doughty, Caroline Carver
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Mr Karva runs a shady little empire in North London. We don't know exactly how he makes his money but we know it's probably not very nice. Mr Karva's stepson, Othello, has ambitions to take... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Cottam, Rankin
Stars: James Cosmo, David Leon, Emma Pierson
Train of Life (1998)
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In 1941, the inhabitants of a small Jewish village in Central Europe organize a fake deportation train so that they can escape the Nazis and flee to Palestine.

Director: Radu Mihaileanu
Stars: Lionel Abelanski, Rufus, Clément Harari
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Larry Herbst
Stars: Madeline Kahn, Jack Warden, Terry Nemeroff
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In this political thriller, a young woman is found drowned on a winter night by the sea. The dead woman's brother, Thomas, discovers that her death is connected to their father, now ... See full summary »

Director: Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
Stars: Anders W. Berthelsen, Maria Bonnevie, Ghita Nørby
Minor Mishaps (2002)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When a man's wife dies in an accident, his children return home to deal with the tragedy together.

Director: Annette K. Olesen
Stars: Jørgen Kiil, Maria Rich, Henrik Prip
Skagerrak (2003)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Skagerrak is the story of being hit by happiness when you least expect it. In their late twenties and tired of partying their way around the world, Danish Marie and Irish Sophie come ashore... See full summary »

Director: Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
Stars: Iben Hjejle, Bronagh Gallagher, Martin Henderson
Drama | Crime | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A 12-year-old Jewish boy hides with a family of Catholic peasant farmers to escape the Nazis.

Director: Yurek Bogayevicz
Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Willem Dafoe, Liam Hess
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Fact based story about a former Greek Olympic boxer who was taken as a prisoner during World war II and placed in the Auschwitz prison camp. There he was permitted to survive as long as he ... See full summary »

Director: Robert M. Young
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Edward James Olmos, Robert Loggia
Aglaya (2012)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

This film is about the relationship of a mother and her daughter, the split-up of their family, the blessing and curse of belonging together and about coming of age - all this from the ... See full summary »

Director: Krisztina Deák
Stars: Eszter Ónodi, Babett Jávor, Piroska Móga
Élisa (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Marie has had a tough childhood ever since her mother Elisa committed suicide. She has spent most of her life in an orphanage and now makes a living as a small time criminal in Paris. Now ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Becker
Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Gérard Depardieu, Clotilde Courau
Weiser (2001)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Wojciech Marczewski
Stars: Marek Kondrat, Krystyna Janda, Juliane Köhler
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Stefan
Jordan Kiziuk ...
Alex
...
Boruch
...
Doctor Studjinsky
...
Goehler
Simon Gregor ...
Henryk
...
Freddy
...
Stasya's Mother
Sian Nicola Liquorish ...
Stasya
...
Bolek
Heather Tobias ...
Mrs. Studjinsky
Leon Silver ...
Mr. Gryn
Sue Jones-Davies ...
Mrs. Gryn
Nigel John Whitear ...
Yanek
Misha Daniel King ...
Avrum
Edit

Storyline

Alex is an 11-year old boy who, during WWII, hides in the Jewish ghetto from Nazis after all the relatives have been sent to the concentration camp. The movie portrays the ghetto through his eyes. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

| |

Release Date:

23 October 1997 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Die Insel in der Vogelstrasse  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Based on the semi-autobiographical Hebrew book "The Island on Birds Street" (HaI BeRehov HaTziporim), by Israeli author Uri Orlev. See more »

Quotes

Alex: A man should never drink alone!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A movie that still remembers what or who are the children
31 March 2008 | by (Zagreb, Croatia) – See all my reviews

If it wasn't made by Kragh-Jacobsen I would be surprised.

But there are not many directors who can make a movie about a child, a whole movie with one child as a hero, a main character, and avoid one of two possible traps: either make a (usually low-intelligent) movie for kids (and adults who can believe it) and turn hero to superhero who can solve all problems and beat everybody all alone, or make a movie where all tragedies have to happen to a single child so the target adult audience can fill the bucket by draining their tear glandes.

Scandinavian authors are better than any others able to make a real movie about real children. They (as I wrote on another board) understand children as if they had invented them. Unfortunately, some modern, especially Danish movies suffer from Hollywoodization and though some can be good (like Klatretosen) they don't belong to the great tradition, they don't succeed the great movies from former decades.

Kragh-Jacobsen is not a typical example, but among the best. "Bird Street" is not exception, he made several movies about children in very different situations, but in similar style: these movies are about kids, can be watched by kids, but mostly try to present real kids to adults. However, he became worldwide famous by "Mifunes sidste sang". It's not a surprise because many western countries avoid Scandinavian kids movies, because they are too different. British authors used to do something in this style (sometimes even in darker mood like Loach), American kids are too infantile (but still beat adults...), Italians are too mature (because of social context), Czechs forgot that they have children (and were among the best in 70's), so only French authors can stand next to Scandinavians. And these movies don't seem to have audience in USA, either for not being interesting (for kids), or even for being controversial (for adults). As USA creates an opinion in almost whole world, things that are not accepted there usually can't make international success, and are convicted to stay within local region.

"Gummi Tarzan" was one of the first movies which seriously admitted that bullying exists and is a problem. "Skyggen af Emma" (his best work in my opinion) strongly opposes modern world widespread paranoia that makes our lives miserable, almost worthless. In both movies kids are involved in different and firm interactions with other people.

"Island on Bird Street" is a one-actor movie like Spielberg's "Duel". Unlike some dark power personalized in Spielberg's truck driver this movie deals with a very recognizable, yet equally dark power of nazism. And, what some other comments declare to be a fault, I find to be brilliant: Alex is not a superhero. He didn't do much exceptional things. His biggest success was that he survived. He often simply had luck. There are no cartoon Culkin tricks: he is afraid, he hides as every normal kid would do, and sometimes when he seems to do something brave, it is more because of hopeless resignation. But in the same time he can still feel joy in small things and in spite of accelerated maturation he keeps the soul of child and his real age comes to surface whenever allowed by the circumstances.

Two flaws: First, English language, and there is nothing to justify it. Second, the ending which is too false-romantic for reality (not fitting in harsh, cruel world of former 100 minutes)), and too vague if not realistic (being e.g. a dream in agony).

Neither of it should give second thoughts to any of those who believe that kids are still kids, despite what modern society tries to make them to be or make us believe they are. And if you are this kind of person, probably your children are ready to watch it with you.


11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
whats with the accent?! deha
short and sweet review buttaflymaiden
Discuss The Island on Bird Street (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?