The Cuckoo (2003)
The Cuckoo (2003)
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Critic Reviews for The Cuckoo
Rogozhkin brings a needed sense of humanity to this well-realized war film.
[A] gentle, often funny, always very human film about loneliness and unexpected companionship...
A gently funny mini-epic whose 'make love not war' message is delivered in three languages at once.
Juuso, who made her film debut at 22 in this movie, is spunky and funny. The two guys play off each other like bickering old pals.
Gives us something to think about: How much of what we consider civilization -- intellectual pursuit, politics, nationalism -- relies on language?
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!
Truly a great foreign film. Four languages Russian, German, Sami, and Finnish all combined for some rather interesting diologue. If you enjoy foreign films, this my be for you?! After this movie... who says that you need to speak the same language in a relationship. There is a universal one for this kind of situations. A moving film. All three main characters are quite likeable, and the story is a universal one. The plot alternates fluidly between humor and seriousness. A wonderful film, very much worth watching.
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!
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