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The Painted Bird (2019)



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In an effort to save their child from the massive extermination of Jews, a Jewish couple send their son to hide in the countryside with a relative somewhere in Eastern Europe. The little boy's aunt dies unexpectedly and the stray child is suddenly forced to hit the road and make it on his own in a hostile world governed by hate, fear and violence. Struggling for pure survival, he journeys a world run by locals and villagers driven by prejudice, superstition and their own rules. When the war ends, however, his fight for survival is replaced by another struggle - a struggle he may not even be aware of, a struggle with himself, a struggle for his own soul, and his future...


Udo Kier
as Miller
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Critic Reviews for The Painted Bird

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

It's always starkly compelling as a reminder of why war survival stories are essential to our understanding of innocence and beastliness.

September 7, 2019 | Full Review…
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With more restraint this could have been a masterpiece; as it is, it's one only for arthouse connoisseurs with very strong stomachs.

September 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I can state without hesitation that this is a monumental piece of work and one I'm deeply glad to have seen. I can also say that I hope to never cross its path again.

September 3, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
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It's tough to amply describe the film's relentlessly brutal pleasures, but those who have seen films like Andrei Tarkovsky's Ivan's Childhood, Robert Bresson's Mouchette or Elem Klimov's Come and See might have an idea of the grim terrain we're on here.

September 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Adapted from Jerzy Kosinski's 1965 novel of the same title, The Painted Bird receives its ideal film treatment in Vaclav Marhoul's heart-wrenching Czech Republic/Ukraine/Slovakia co-production.

September 3, 2019 | Full Review…

"The Painted Bird" is inarguably effective and immersive, its hard, unyielding gaze backed up by the muscularity of its craft.

September 3, 2019 | Full Review…
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