Light is visible only in the dark
A young boy wanders Eastern Europe during World War II.
A young boy wanders Eastern Europe during World War II.
Petr Kotlár Nina Šunevič Alla Sokolova Udo Kier Michaela Doležalová Stellan Skarsgård Harvey Keitel Julian Sands Júlia Vidrnáková Lech Dyblik Aleksei Kravchenko Barry Pepper Petr Vaněk Radim Fiala Jitka Čvančarová Tim Kalkhof Alexander Leopold Schank Filip Kaňkovský Milan Šimáček Pavel Kříž Dominik Weber Štěpán Havlín Denisa Pfauserová Zdeněk Pecha Stanislav Bilyi Ostap Dziadek Daniel Beroun Marika Procházková Marie Štípková Show All…
2nd film I saw at VIFF 2019.
About as dark as a film can get. On the level of Salo in terms of non-stop sadism. Ultimately the incessant barbarism keeps me from loving this film. I don't quite buy the tagline "Light is visible only on the dark" because there's absolutely no evidence of that in this film.
However, the craft and technical achievements of this film can not be denied. This is an epic film and props must be given to production designer Jan Vlasák, cinematographer Vladimír Smutný and the rest of the film's fantastic crew for making what I consider one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen. Every shot is drop dead gorgeous. Shot on anamorphic…
Much has been made of the extreme and unrelenting violence that penetrates almost every scene of Václav Marhoul’s 169-minute “The Painted Bird,” a gruesome parade of inhumanity in the grand tradition of “Come and See,” “The Tin Drum,” and “The Wrong Missy.” Following a young boy as he silently bears witness to a series of unspeakable horrors while drifting through the Slavic world at the height of World War II, this steely adaptation of Jerzy Kosiński’s allegorical horror novel (née memoir) of the same name opens with a warning shot to anyone who hit the wrong button on their way to rent “Palm Springs.”
Our unnamed protagonist is introduced as he clutches a small animal — a dog that could…
I’m really sorry, Terrence Mallick.....
I left the beautiful “A Hidden Life” to line up early for this film, due to the polarizing reviews, walkouts, and Tarr/Tarkovsky/Come and See comparisons. These things had me super hyped to see something provocative, different, technically superb and effective. But fuck......
The Painted Bird is a pathetic film. The film focuses on a young Jewish boy during WW2 as he wanders around encountering different people and awful acts of violence and sex. The film is 169 minutes of absolute boredom, occasionally interrupted by excessive, ineffective, forced, and comical attempts at shock value.
The negative reviews for this film didn’t turn me off, because a lot of them were critiquing the film as “pointless shock…
merry christmas lol
Despite just momentary junctures of benevolence over the films almost three hours run time, The Painted Bird is a polarising masterpiece. Written, produced and directed by Václav Marhoul, it's an adaptation of the controversial 1965 novel by Jerzy Kosiński which is truly epic in its magnitude. It's the first film to feature the Interslavic language and stars Petr Kotlár as a youth roaming through unidentified regions of Eastern Europe enduring a repetitive series of atrocities, with the individuals that Joska encounters along his path presented in segments.
It's an intensely stunning excursion through actual horrors, and the film exhibits them with high vigilance and delicacy. Marhoul and cinematographer Vladimír Smutný have apprehended territories which perfectly illustrate the environments as if…
"Come and fetch me."
one of those times where i think to myself "yeah, i got nothing. but i guess ill try."
my absolute favorite film of the year so far, and i don't see it being dethroned. watching this made me miss movie theaters even more, which i didn't think was possible. contains some of the most gorgeous 35mm b&w photography you're likely to see in a film, and to see this in theaters would have been mind melting (and probably a little gag inducing). if you've read any reviews of this beforehand you've probably heard how its the bleakest thing to come out of anyone's mind, ever, and while the grotesque subject matter is at an almost literal…
I’ve never seen a film so desperately want to be a part of the Criterion Collection as much as THE PAINTED BIRD. I also never want to watch this repetitive & agonizing slog ever again. Nearly 3 hours of (admittedly stunning) black & white images showing horrific violence & misery with an equally horrific slow pace & lack of lightness to counteract the overwhelmingly bleak darkness that surrounds every brutal vignette. Good visuals, sure. But at what cost?
The Painted Bird recounts the journey of a young Jewish boy seeking refuge during WWII as he endures much physical, emotional and sexual torture. Adapted from the harrowing book of the same name, Vaclav Marhoul delivers a faithful adaptation without any hesitation in translating the many woefully disturbing moments from the book to the screen. And it's a tough watch, not due to the consistent sadism (while that is a factor), but due to the mind-numbingly pretentious filmmaker at the helm who thinks violence as pure shock value = artfulness.
The film is constructed in many vignettes in which the young lead character encounters miserable souls who subject him to cruelty for... no reason whatsoever. It's just 169 minutes of…
Favourite Book and a very powerful film
Originally posted on my blog.
Part way through this film, we have the scene from which it gets it title. It is a visual metaphor that overhangs the whole film and gives us the best window into the film’s message. A man grabs a bird in his hand and he paints it, marking it as different. He lets the bird go and it flies up to join its flock: a natural process. The flock, which moved beautifully as one, turns into a cloud of violence and aggression, turning on the painted interloper. The painted bird is pecked savagely and falls from the sky.
In terms of cinematic orchestration, it is a stunning sequence – the kind that makes you wonder…
Quick notes from Venice Film Festival: though the gorgeous cinematography and impressively detailed and choreographed directing are worthy of praise, this is a case where form doesn't excuse content. This is a cruel and sadistic piece of cinema, wallowing into a young kid's endless disgraces that include physical, emotional, psychological, and sexual abuse. Baffled this got made, with shocking scene after shocking scene that are made with the sole purpose to disturb the audience. Dark without a purpose.
There's a portentous self-importance attached to The Painted Bird that rubbed me up the wrong way from the off. The mode of its introduction at LFF, with the programmer congratulating the audience on being true cineastes for choosing to come and watch it had an aura of smugness I found hard to swallow. Nevertheless, I let it pass and geared myself up for something hard-hitting and technically virtuosic and on one level, it didn't disappoint: Vladimír Smutný's cinematography is often breathtaking, shot in black and white (naturally), the framing, composition and shot choices are masterful. It's a stunning looking film.
Both in its appearance and the epic, episodic nature of the narrative, it invites comparisons with Andrei Rublev, but that…
Dark and disturbing... I don't know how to process it
Road movie egy fiúról, aki a háború időszakában különböző emberek elkorcsosult élethelyzeteit tapasztalja meg elsőkézből. Hosszú, de sok kis szakaszra osztott, kevés dialógussal, többnyire tettekkel, festői képekkel operáló, kíméletlen erejű, lélektipró alkotás.
i hate when film-makers create painful and traumatic stories for the sake of it being just sad and tear wrecking. i must admit tho it has a beautiful cinematography and overall visuals.
nesnasim kdyz filmari vytvari bolestive a traumaticke pribehy jen aby zpusobili efekt bolesti a smutku. osobne mi prijde az smutny ze dneska si vsichni mysli ze pointa umeni je vyvolat v pozorovateli negativni emoce. musim ale priznat ze film ma krasnou cinematografii a vizualne je fakt povedeny
An intense and prolonged experience about the inhumanity of war, The Painted Bird might take its rightful place as the most prestigious endurance test since 1985’s Come and See. The point of the story, hammered home again and again over the course of two hours and forty-nine minutes, is that war destroys the soul, makes even non-combatants callous and vicious — the subsidiary point, perhaps, being that in war there are no non-combatants....
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Absolutely loved it. Yes, so many people are saying it's pretentious, but its extraordinary black and white cinematography took all colours of face for a while . A 10-11 old boy journeys through all the horror of the human world, but passing of a Jew boy through various parts of Europe during WW II adds more misery in it.
Btw, this boy Is legitimately allowed to say that "in a small age, I have seen everything, " because he freaking have seen everything!
Aspirationally Au Hasard Balthazar, it gets caught up focusing on the amount of suffering it can extract from the protagonist. A bit of a game.
And although it clocks in at almost 3 hours, the film did not drag for me. Unfortunately, it seems more a product of anticipating how the film can top its last indignity more than anything else.
That was fun 🙃
Such a conflicting fucking movie: it's technically spectacular and I personally admire works of art that push the boundaries, but I really feel like it could have achieved an actual masterful status with the following:
- Add scattered and brief moments of emotional levity between the brutality. It's one of the reasons why "Come And See" is much better regarded.
- Put some fucking music sometimes. I personally like using silence but this is one of the rare cases where a score would have actually improved upon.
- The depravity is shown too directly too many times and a couple of times is even over-the-top. The obscenity is more impactful if it has a build-up, if…
This film wanted to be Come and See so bad. There was the moment where the boy meets the older girl and we get a couple of shots of them looking directly into the camera. They even cast Aleksey Kravchenko (the boy from Come and See) to a small role in this. When I saw him I had to pause the film and make sure. Obviously those can be seen as homages, but it was there nonetheless and it invites, if not begs the comparison.
The similarities to Come and See are obviously there, but it’s where they differ that I find most important. Come and See has beautiful pacing and a steady buildup all throughout keeping you at the…
The Painted Bird is an adaptation of Jerzy Kosinsky novel with the same name. The film is technically perfect. You can display every single scene at a photography exhibition. Black and white cinematography is flawless. But I must tell that it is hard to watch three hours of child abuse.
A young Jewish boy is subjected to unspeakable torment and horrors as he drifts from town to town in Eastern Europe during World War Two.
Walkouts and long standing ovations have followed this film since its world premiere at Venice Film Festival. Championed as a masterpiece and also an abomination is a rare feat. This film really has earned the title of a Marmite film. The headlines paint a picture of a film that could shock and appall, but read beyond this and there is gritty beauty to be found in this story.
War, by its very nature is brutal; and this film does not shun away from that. Anything less would do a disservice to the horrors experienced during…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The Painted Bird sets out its thesis statement early on in the film; A scene shows a man paint the feathers of a captured bird, then release it. When it flies back to its flock, the other birds mistake it for an intruder and quickly kill it.
The message is clear: We are all capable of cruelty against anything we identify as different.
The story of this film follows a mute boy as he travels across a war-torn Eastern Europe during the second World War. The film is broken up into vignettes, each showing the boy's encounters with other people. Occasionally, these people are nice to him but more often than not, he is met with suspicion cruelty.
Parece uma mistura de "Vá e Veja" com "A Infância de Ivan" (este último principalmente pelo visual - algumas cenas parecem claramente uma homenagem).
Não gostei do ator principal. Por ser um filme de poucos diálogos, acho que deveriam ter escolhido um garoto mais expressivo.
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