Man is a wolf to man — and the 1965 novel «The Painted Bird» by Jerzy Kosiński gets to the heart of this wisdom more powerfully and painfully than almost any other work (even if it later transpired that the author had who didn’t endure atrocities himself as a Jewish boy during World War II).
In the black-and-white film adaptation » The Painted Bird » by Václav Marhoul , which celebrated its world premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival and is now uncut on May 6, 2022 by the Bild disturbance label as a noble special edition on DVD and Blu-ray with FSK 18 is released in Germany, the nameless protagonist suffers so many and unimaginable horrors that watching the film feels like a constant punch in the stomach for the entire duration of almost three hours…
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The plot of «The Painted Bird»: Right at the beginning, the residents of the village in a nameless Eastern European country want to drown the nameless, almost mute boy ( Petr Kotlár ) — after all, as a Jew he would only bring bad luck anyway. But then he is sold to a gypsy instead — and thus begins an odyssey of indescribable horrors, in which the boy always finds accommodation elsewhere (e.g. with Harvey Keitel and Stellan Skarsgård ), but always suffers only unbelievable cruelty.
He is beaten, exploited, sexually abused by men and women, even the church eventually throws him into a cesspool. Only in the sniper Mitka ( Barry Pepper ) does he find something like a fatherly friend — and from him he also learns how to kill people particularly efficiently…
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