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Kure melancholik (1999)

Little Lojzík, whose mother was struck and killed by lightening, lives on a farm with his father and their old manservant. He perceives the raw surrounding world as images promising him his... See full summary »

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Radko Chromek ...
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Little Lojzík, whose mother was struck and killed by lightening, lives on a farm with his father and their old manservant. He perceives the raw surrounding world as images promising him his mother's lost embrace. The young boy searches in vain for someone out of all those near him to connect with. He can't get support and security from his father, from his mother's sister, nor even from his stepmother who, at least at the beginning, sympathized with his troubles. The only one, in fact, with whom Lojzík can share his lonely fate as an abandoned young one is an ordinary chicken. Written by Ceskatelevize.cz

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30 September 1999 (Czech Republic)  »

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The Melancholy Chicken  »

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The world is suffering, and then we die.
9 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

Young Loyzik's angelic mother dies, leaving him on the family farm with the unhealthy company of an ineffectual father, a pathetic aunt, and--eventually--a wicked stepmother. His only true companion is a motherless chick whose life he saved. Together they brave, for a while, the daily torments of earthly life.

For all its rich cinematography, "The Melancholic Chicken" is nearly unwatchable. Initially, the photogenic Czech countryside and well-considered shot composition promise something of a visual feast, despite some frequently self-conscious and distracting filming techniques. It soon becomes apparent, however, that the film has little idea where it is headed. It offers no plot line nor any significant character development. This leaves "The Melancholic Chicken" essentially hollow, supported only by a dreary fatalistic theme and the heavy-handed symbolic parallels between Loyzik and his pet chicken. Furthermore, director Jaroslav Brabec's constant attempts to marry sentiment and sensuous pathos are jarring and altogether unsuccessful.


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