1945, Leningrad. WWII has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.
A skilled cook has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant also seeking his fortune. Soon the two collaborate on a successful business.
An off duty police begins to suspect a local man for having had an affair with his recently dead wife. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth accumulates and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones.
Not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a policeman who plays both sides of the law. Embarking with the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, both will have to navigate the twists and turns of corruption, treachery and deception.
In an unidentified area of war-torn Eastern Europe, a young boy is sent by his parents to live in safety with his aunt. But she dies unexpectedly, so he sets off on a journey to return home. He roams alone in a wild and hostile world in which only local rules, prejudices and superstitions apply. His struggle for virtually physical survival after the war turns into a battle of a different type. A battle that he doesn't even realize, a fight with himself, a fight for his soul, for his future.Written by
Poland refused to cooperate with the movie. The original novel 'The Painted Bird' by Jerzy Kosinski has been controversial for years in Poland, and was even banned for decades when it was revealed that the author had made up most of the story, despite claiming it was autobiographical. Kosinski's story has much more elements of the childhood of Polish director and friend Roman Polanski, who indeed survived the war alone and with help from others. See more »
This movie is the perfect embodiment of the novel I read in my youth. and that changed my life. It reveals in detail all the horrors of the prejudices so present today, where the painted birds are all those people disrespected for being poor people, migrants of other races, gender orientation or ideologies.
A movie about the world TODAY.
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