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Kauwboy Reviews

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June 28, 2016
A sumptuously photographed slice of life drama about a man and his ten year old son coming to terms with a change in their circumstances. The scenery is both stunning and stark in turns. The writing is spot on; it is astutely observed and achingly accurate. And above all, the acting is first rate. It is so natural that you forget that they are actors. Beauty and heartache abound here, and you will love Jojo, and, at times, hate his father Ronald. And you will wonder why Jojo tries so hard to reach his father. And you will wonder where the mother is in all of this. But throughout, your perceptions will be constantly contradicted. And yet the ending is perfect.
½ May 8, 2014
Me encanto! Muy, muy buena
April 7, 2013
Kauwboy, also known as Little Bird, is the feature debut from Dutch director Boudewijn Koole, co-written with Jolein Laarman. It premiered in the Generation Kplus section of the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival, where it received the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Grand Prix for Best Youth Film in addition to the award for Best First Feature. It is the Netherlands official entry to the 85th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

It's a quietly moving coming-of-age tale about a 10-year-old boy, Jojo (Rick Lens), from a troubled home where his mother isn't around, and his father (Loek Peters), is an unstable man prone to violent outbursts. One day in the woods, he comes across an abandoned baby jackdaw, and after failing to return it to its nest, he brings it home to care for it, and develops an immediate bond with the creature.

There's a captivating lead perfomance from young Lens, who maintains a delicate balance between being an angry mischievous loner, and an endearing delicate child having to grow up too quickly. While the story is a raw and deeply personal one, perhaps slightly predictable and unfolds without much surprise, but is always genuine and without pretense.

It's also shot with an interesting visual style to help us get into Jojo's headspace. Daniel Bouquet's handheld camera is often kept very close to him, but never in an obtrusive way, always giving us a clear look at the expression on his face or his interactions with the bird; and there are other stylistic moments like slow motion and even a few instances where the image is frozen in place, but Koole gets it right as the tone of these are never heavy handed.

This one's a great little bittersweet piece worth seeking out. It's probably too slight to get much notice from The Academy, but its still a strong debut that marks a promising start for both Koole and Lens.
February 10, 2013
Sort of a dark, and occasionally grim, after school special. The metaphors and lessons are right up front but not heavy handed or over-emphasized.
December 22, 2012
Chico medio abandonado se hace amigo de un grajo caído del nido (en obvia analogía). Los dos comparten momentos especiales frente a cámara . El trasfondo es la muerte de la madre (de los dos?), y me gustó en esas escenas cotidianas y descripción de personajes. Después hay un shocker, y al final una inyección de auto-superación, alegría y optimismo que no me cerró para nada. Final rosa a pinceladas groseras, ponele. Buena actuación del pajarito. Y del chico.
December 21, 2012
A little boy befriends a bird while trying to escape from the reality of his mother's death. Surprisingly simple , surprisingly touching.
½ December 11, 2012
all the time i was there thinking that the boy would be gay because of the mother death and the father attitudes, but he wasn't... maybe i've seen too many movies about that subject... anyway in the end I didn't like it too much
November 22, 2012
Watched this at the 53rd International Thessaloniki Film Festival, and it's just one of those movies you happen to watch by accident, and chances are you'll never stumble upon them again in your life, but they're so wonderful and human and sweet that they stay with you.

A great, simple story, fantastic acting by everyone involved, touching, emotional and - as mentioned before - just human. That factor makes the best films.
½ October 21, 2012
Extraordinaria, profunda, emotiva. Una increible poesia a la soledad. De las 5 mejores del aÅo. Una obra maestra de sencillez, y creatividad metaforica.
October 21, 2012
Grandiosa. Si no fuese un cárabo sería una grajilla... :-)))
October 21, 2012
Perfect movie! I'd recommend this to anyone.
October 15, 2012
We need to talk about Jojo. Somebody needs to talk about Jojo. But who? Who really wants to talk about him?
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