Birds, Orphans & Fools (Vtackovia, siroty a blazni)

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In this symbolic tragedy, two men and a woman act like children in the aftermath of war. They care for each other but often revert to selfishness, as morality has been shattered by the conflict. When the girl runs off with one man, the other tracks down the departed duo.


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"Birds, Orphans and Fools" is an unusual Czech fantasy-of-sorts from 1969, directed by the same man responsible for "The Deserter and the Nomads." "Birds" starts off rather messy and chaotic, and takes awhile to find a story. I was relieved, because the first half is a bit aimless. Three college-age naifs ("orphans and fools") cavort like children around post-war ruins in an environment that's pure anarchy. Few other characters even come into play, beyond tame birds flitting everywhere, one strange old man and a mysterious pack of children dressed like clowns (they may exist outside the story's fiction). The central trio includes a cute, short-haired girl and two rather shabby dudes, and much of the action involves the two jockeying to win her sexual favors. Except it's not much of a struggle, because she's a free spirit (often casually topless) who's open to everything and everyone. The action eventually takes a dark turn, which is foreshadowed from the beginning with some flip but portentous narration. The film turns better and better as it proceeds, though you may need to be Czech for its symbolism and political undercurrents to fully resonate. Over in about 81 minutes. Warning: contains some mild animal cruelty.

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