Rich, moving depiction of survival in the sea of history
Twenty years after Birds, Orphans & Madmen, Jakubisko essentially reworked the same material into a wonderful narrative about ordinary people surviving within the sea of Eastern European history. But here the gratuitous ugliness of the earlier film is replaced by a fable-like wonder and deep affection for the characters. Two men fight to make a life for themselves -- and eventually for the damaged woman they come to love -- as the devastation of WWII is replaced by the oppression of communism. The mix of humour, romance and tragedy is reminiscent of Kusturica.
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