BIRDS, ORPHANS AND FOOLS (15) 1969 SLOVAKIA JAKUBISKO, JURAJ
Shot immediately after the Soviet invasion of 1968, Jakubisko’s long-repressed feature focuses on the relationship that develops between two male friends and a female Jewish orphan as they travail a world ravaged by death and destruction, a war-torn landscape of bombed-out churches and wrecked homes. Their triangular relationship recalls Truffaut’s Jules et Jim, but Jakubisko’s heroes have no romantic ideals – they are all orphans, products of an absurd world in which adults and their parents killed each other.
With references from Shakespeare to Rabelais, key episodes in Slovak history – and recalling Ve(ra Chytilová’s Daisies – Jakubisko’s exhilerating, experimental film is turn playful, surreal and increasingly nightmarish.
In Sovakian with English subtitles
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