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Vtáckovia, siroty a blázni (1969)

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

Credited cast:
Philippe Avron Philippe Avron ... Andrej
Jirí Sýkora Jirí Sýkora ... Yorick
Magda Vásáryová ... Martha
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Míla Beran Míla Beran ... Landlord
Augustín Kubán Augustín Kubán ... Sailor
Mikulás Ladizinský Mikulás Ladizinský ... Partisan
Jana Stehnová Jana Stehnová ... Nun
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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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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Bizarre, Surreal, Funny and Sad
21 January 2005 | by NateManDSee all my reviews

Slovak director Juraj Jakubisko is often described as the Fellini of Eastern Europe. After the 1968 film The Deserter and the Nomads, he was put in exile in Czechoslovakia after the soviet invasion. With cooperation from a Paris film studio he made this film. Birds Orphans and Fools is a brilliant, surreal and underrated tragic comedy that not many people seem to know about. The story is about three orphans who have lost their families in war. Although the two men Andrej and Yurick and the lady Marta are adults, they act foolish like children trying to live life to the fullest. They resort with their landlord and other orphans in an bombed out church that is distorted with various shelves, cupboards and animals scattered about. But the main characters can't block out the pain of living in a war torn country, and after Yurick is put in prison and returns a year later, things will never be the same. Towards the end the climax becomes maybe one of the most tragic in cinema history. This was the first film in Jakubisko's trilogy of Happiness. If you enjoyed Truffaut's "Jules and Jim", Jodorowsky's "Fando & Lis" or Vera Chytilova's "Daisies", you have to see this film. The birds in the film are symbolic of the souls of the dead.


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