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The Melancholic Chicken (1999)

Kure melancholik (original title)
Little Lojzík, whose mother was struck and killed by lightening, lives on a farm with his father and their old manservant. He perceives the raw surrounding world as images promising him his... See full summary »


Jaroslav Brabec
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »


Credited cast:
Karel Roden ... Father
Anna Geislerová ... Mother
Radko Chromek Radko Chromek ... Lojzik
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vlasta Chramostová
Vilma Cibulková ... Roza
Martin Huba ... Uncle
Lubomír Kostelka
Jirí Krytinár
Diana Mórová Diana Mórová ... Aunt
Vladimír Zboron Vladimír Zboron ... Knéz


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Little Lojzík, whose mother was struck and killed by lightening, lives on a farm with his father and their old manservant. He perceives the raw surrounding world as images promising him his mother's lost embrace. The young boy searches in vain for someone out of all those near him to connect with. He can't get support and security from his father, from his mother's sister, nor even from his stepmother who, at least at the beginning, sympathized with his troubles. The only one, in fact, with whom Lojzík can share his lonely fate as an abandoned young one is an ordinary chicken. Written by Ceskatelevize.cz

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A sad and moving experience.
2 October 2000 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

A beautiful film and one that will be remembered for outstanding cinematography. The camera angles are unusual, many of the shots made from above giving us a birds-eye view of the drama unfolding below. The story concerns Loysik a little country boy whose mother has been killed by a falling tree branch. Desperately lonely, he befriends a tiny chicken the sole survivor of a hen house pecked to death by marauding eagles. Loysik's visions of his smiling mother are beautifully portrayed in a kind of sepia toning with amazing dramatic back-lighting. It's a truly moving cinematic experience. There are some engaging scenes of the countryside with sudden and unexpected close-ups of a snarling dog, savage eagle or squawking chick. Hold on to your chair. It is the pet chicken that finally answers the little boy's prayers. When an accident with a lamp sets the stables on fire, the chicken's tail feathers catch alight and it dashes hither and thither among the straw spreading the fire in all directions. Loysik succumbs to the smoke and flames which engulf him. And what a dramatic ending! The director has a group of fine actors on his hands and they give earthy performances in several seductive and savage sex scenes. Leisurely days with families picnicking in the Spring sunshine are contrasted with moments of cruelty, blood and death. As Jozef the servant reflects: "Don't cry, Loysik. That's life!" This film captures life in all its saddest and h appiest moments.

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Release Date:

30 September 1999 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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