BIRDS, ORPHANS AND FOOLS


Title   Cast   Director   Year Shown  Other Info    Country  Notes 




Slovakia, 1990, 80 min

Shown in 1991

CREDITS

dir
Juraj Jakubisko
scr
Juraj Jakubisko, Karol Sidon
cam
Igor Luther
cast
Phillippe Avron, Magda Vasaryova, Jiri Sykora, Milan Beran


COMMENTS

Shown as part of three-film tribute to Jakubisko. Juraj Jakubisko in person.
Birds, Orphans and Fools

In Birds, Orphans and Fools two friends, Yorick and Ondrej, live in a bombed-out church, decorated with the detrius of life (old furniture, a bathtub, a tiny piano and lots of birds). They take in a young Jewish woman, Martha, and one of the cinema's stranger ménages ŕ trois unfolds. Each has been orphaned by political violence, each is devoted to playing the fool as a measure of distance from the horrors the have already absorbed; they recreate a family and a home. This post-apocalyptic Band of Outsiders might have been set in any age, but a beautiful three-way love (not sex) scene in a gutted American convertible sets it firmly in our own. Completed in 1969, Birds, Orphans and Fools was banned from release by the censors until 1990.