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The Feather Fairy (1985)

Perinbaba (original title)
The Feather Fairy lives in the sky and gives snow to the people. She lives with a boy called Jakob, who one day ventures into the human world and falls for a peasant girl.


Juraj Jakubisko
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Giulietta Masina ... Perinbaba / Lady Winter
Petra Vancíková ... Alzbeta
Tobias Hoesl ... Jakub
Sona Valentová ... Stepmother
Pavol Mikulík Pavol Mikulík ... Father
Milada Ondrasíková ... Dora
Valérie Kaplanová ... Stará Zubatá / Old Lady Death
Eva Horká ... Mladá Zubatá / Young Lady Death
Ludovit Reiter Ludovit Reiter
Karel Effa ... Prinzipal
Vlastimir Drbal Vlastimir Drbal ... 6 year old Jakub (as Vlastimil Drbal)
Emanuel Hason Emanuel Hason ... 12 year old Jakub (as Eman Hason)
Zora Kerova ... (as Zora-Ulla Keslerová)
Sylvia Popovská Sylvia Popovská
Ivan Palúch


A fairy-tale about an old lady who takes care of snow and Jakub who does not fear death. It reflects the idea of people's longing for happiness, love and understanding, their effort to overcome troubles and win over death. It criticizes greed and evil desires. Written by Michael

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Slovak | Italian

Release Date:

1 October 1985 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

La dama de las nieves See more »

Filming Locations:

Lomnicky Stít, Slovakia See more »

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A must-see for children AND adults
10 September 2014 | by ludvoSee all my reviews

There were many movies that I really wanted to review but this is the one that has finally forced me to register.

Perinbaba is a cult film in Slovakia (and Czech Republic to some extent). It is broadcasted every year during Christmas holidays, everyone knows it and everyone has seen it and rightfully so. The director, Juraj Jakubisko, is very artistic - too artistic actually, most of his movies are simply too allegorical for most of the viewers to enjoy. But for some reason, when it comes to this fairy tale, it works perfectly.

Well, it is a fairy tale only on paper. And I viewed it as a fairy tale when I was a kid (and I enjoyed it very much). But once you become an adult, you start to notice all the metaphors and allegories in this movie and you begin to enjoy it even more.

As a kid, you watch this movie and you see a fairy tale about a young boy falling in love and pursuing that love, despite having to face many obstacles in order to do so. As an adult, you see a very real, hidden story of a man coming of age, a story of love, sex, greed, lust, death...

A young boy, Jakub, sheltered from the world by the motherly figure Perinbaba escapes his "mother's nest" despite her efforts to keep him protected forever. He does it for a girl, Alžbetka, and he is forced to face the real world. An world full of evil, sadness, even Death herself. And a world full of beauty, beauty that is worth all the suffering.

It is not a typical fairy tale. Yes, it has some aspects of a fairy tale, but in some aspects it is also a horror movie, it is a very sexual movie (though this is cleverly hidden from the younger audiences, maybe even most of the adult audiences) and most of all, it is a movie about every man's journey from childhood to adulthood. The Slovak folklore, culture, mentality and the style of Jakubisko might make it a bit hard to understand and fully appreciate for foreign viewers, but you should give it a try nevertheless.

I am very tempted to say 10/10, but OK, 9/10 (just to leave 10/10 for really PERFECT movies).

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