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 »
I can't say on here what hasn't already been said, so I'll keep it brief: Cinematography? Beautiful, Story? Not so much. Dialogue? Nope, Violence and cruelty? Off the scale. Just don't watch it on a date.
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