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Birds, Orphans and Fools (1969)

Vtáckovia, siroty a blázni (original title)
Three adolescent war orphans seclude themselves in an anarchic and playful existence of denial and juvenile joy.

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Juraj Jakubisko
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Cast

Cast overview:
Philippe Avron Philippe Avron ... Andrej
Jirí Sýkora Jirí Sýkora ... Yorick
Magda Vásáryová ... Martha
Francoise Goldité Francoise Goldité ... Sasa
Míla Beran Míla Beran ... Domácí
Mikulás Ladizinský Mikulás Ladizinský ... Partizán
Jana Stehnová Jana Stehnová ... Jeptiska
Augustín Kubán Augustín Kubán ... Námorník
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After the Prague Spring of 1968 leaves Yorick, Martha and Ondrej orphaned, the trio of young characters find shelter in a bombed church and construct a surrealistically anarchic existence based on a philosophy of denial of life circumstances and careless playfulness with the purpose of pretending they enjoy the peace and freedom they do not have. Each character undergoes a personal growth process after Yorick and Ondrej competitively seek to develop a relationship with Martha, which escalates to unforeseen consequences. Written by Edgar Cochran

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | War

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Country:

Czechoslovakia | France

Language:

Slovak

Release Date:

March 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Birds, Orphans and Fools See more »

Filming Locations:

Bratislava, Slovakia See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Disturbing and a bit unstructured.
6 October 2007 | by pastier-1See all my reviews

I saw this film only once, about 20 years ago, along with several other Jakubisko works at a festival of Czechoslovak films, and it seemed rather undisciplined and unstructured compared to his better efforts. When he made it, it appears that he was more the art-school denizen than the film student. Later, he was to become a consummately disciplined film maker.

I interviewed him at the time, and he said that he had been very self-absorbed in the early part of his directorial career. Perhaps that explains some of the film's basic waywardness.

All that said, this is not a work to be dismissed. It has a certain antic charm, and a certain power. The characters are strongly conceived, and the way that they are realized gives the film much of its form and merit.

The English translation of the title is inaccurate and somewhat misleading, since its last word actually means madmen or crazy people rather than merely fools.


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