Painted Bird (2019)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 31

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AKA: Nabarvené Ptáce
Directed by: Vaclav Marhoul
Starring: Petr Kotlar (Joska), Harvey Keitel (Priest), Julian Sands (Garbos), Julia Vidrnakova (Labina), Barry Pepper (Mitka), Udo Kier (Miller), Michaela Dolezalova (Miller’s Wife), Lech Dyblik (Lekh), Jitka Cvancarova (Ludmila), Stellan Skarsgard (Nazi), Petr Vanek (Father), Nina Sunevic (Marta), Ala Sakalova (Olga)
Country: Czech Republic; Poland; Effed Up European Cinema
Language: Czech, German, Russian (Eng Subs); Czech-Slovakia Movies
Runtime: 02:49:18
Genres: Childhood, Misery-Depressing, Military, Nazis, Old-Young, Racism, Violence Against-Relationships with Animals, Sexual-Violence against Women, Torture

Plot – Spoilers:
A Jewish boy wanders through WW2 Eastern Europe, mostly getting treated like shit for being a kid and a Jew. He loves and feels for animals but is doomed to encounter their sufferings alongside his own torment. This could also have been titled How to create a Psychopath.

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mimi loos
mimi loos
September 23, 2022 3:41 pm


Old Mother Hubbard
Old Mother Hubbard
September 24, 2022 12:08 am

The thought of watching a 3 hour movie with subtitles seemed like it could be a tedious chore but I had faith in this film without knowing anything about it except for the blurb in the description and the A list cast. It is super depressing and it has made me lose all hope for humanity and the future. Superb production. 5 stars.

September 24, 2022 7:57 am

Another great movie on EUM… yes, long and very bleak. not quite as heart wrenching as Come and See, but alot of similarities. did this poor kid ever once smile thru the whole film, did he ever even say a word. I’m not watching it again to find out but definitely worth seeing this for a look into how bad things were then and there and even now in some places. Count your blessings if you have em…

September 29, 2022 6:19 am

Wow.. 10/10 fucked up, awesomely weird film. Poor kid truly could be titled “How to Create a Psychopath.”

October 3, 2022 1:17 am

Great film. I watched the movie the first moment I could. I was looking forward to seeing the film the moment they announced they were adapting the book to screen. The film has Aleksei Kravchenko in it.

Dr Harris
Dr Harris
October 15, 2022 10:07 pm


A piece of art this.
For real film fans.
It’s dense sprawling utterly depressing and a great watch.

Zed Man
Zed Man
December 11, 2022 11:21 am

Not a film to watch to be entertained. A bleak and grim look into the past, and hoping something like this is not repeated again should the world ever be in conflict once more. A well made movie that will stick with me for a while.

secret santa
secret santa
February 15, 2023 8:09 pm

read the book, the movie cant show the level of fucked up this story attains