The Cuckoo (2003)

The Cuckoo (2003)

The Cuckoo



Critic Consensus: A sweet and amusing comedy.

Movie Info

A barrier of languages and cultures puts a wall between three people who find themselves sharing a very small house in this offbeat comedy from Russia. It's the fall of 1944 and the war in Europe is beginning to wind down, so Finnish army private Veiko (Ville Haapasalo) is less than enthusiastic when a group of German soldiers decide to use him as a living decoy to attract a Russian sniper. After being fitted out in a SS uniform and chained to a large rock, Veiko manages to escape and seeks … More

Rating: PG-13 (sexual content and violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Alexandr Rogozhkin
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On DVD: Dec 2, 2003
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Critic Reviews for The Cuckoo

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (29)

Writer/director Alexander Rogozhkin has a way of lapsing into cuteness when the story calls for something more challenging, but The Cuckoo eventually finds its own kind of light, ridiculous tone that generally doesn't talk down to the characters.

Full Review… | October 9, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

A consistently hilarious collision of cultures and a string of misunderstandings.

October 3, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
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A mystical fairy tale by Alexander Rogozhkin as beautiful as it is tender.

Full Review… | September 20, 2003
Miami Herald
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A wondrous, funny and moving little film.

September 12, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's quite a treat.

September 12, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

A winning piece of folk art from an isolated way of life, worth a look for those who want to see the world in all its quirky and earthy forms.

Full Review… | August 29, 2003
Denver Post
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Audience Reviews for The Cuckoo

I just love this movie... The Cuckoo (Russian: Кукушка, Kukushka)is one of the funniest and best anti-war movies I've seen! Perfect for the film students to learn how to do perfect photography, screenplay and directing! Russian Federation National Award in the Art and Literature Area was awarded to the crew of the film; to the director and the author of the screenplay Aleksandr Rogozhkin, producer Segei Selianov, main cast Anni-Kristiina Juuso, Ville Haapasalo, Viktor Bychkov, director of photography Andrey Zhegalov, director of the film art Vladimir I. Svetozarov, composer Dmitriy Pavlov, sound engineers Anatoliy Gudkov and Sergei Sokolov... they all deserved it!

Aleksandr Rogozhkin did amazingly smooth work of art which takes place during World War II from the perspective of opposing Soviet and Finnish soldiers stranded at a Sami woman's farmhouse.

"Kukushka" was the nickname given by Soviet soldiers exclusively to lone Finnish snipers, who ambushed their targets from a purpose-built tree-branch-nest. Thus the title refers to both Veikko (the sniper) and Anni (a lone woman living in the forest, much like a cuckoo).

If you have a chance to see it - do it now!

Panta Oz

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Foreign, Russian/Finnish/Lapp. This is a good movie and it was done very well. It's about 2 men and 1 lady coming together in the latter stages of WWII (1944). 1 man speaks Finnish (the Nazi), 1 man speaks Russian (a Russian soldier) and 1 lady speaks Lapp (she's a native Lapplander) and none can understand each other, yet they seem to communicate and try to get along. It's a very good movie and I definitely recommend it!

William Winningham

Really funny! Three people who cannot understand each other trying to communicate, and for the most part failing!!

Liza Olson

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