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The Painted Bird (2020)



Critic Consensus: Brutally uncompromising in its portrayal of Nazi Germany, The Painted Bird is a difficult watch that justifies its stark horror with searing impact.

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In an effort to save their child from the massive extermination of Jews, a Jewish couple send their son to hide in the countryside with a relative somewhere in Eastern Europe. The little boy's aunt dies unexpectedly and the stray child is suddenly forced to hit the road and make it on his own in a hostile world governed by hate, fear and violence. Struggling for pure survival, he journeys a world run by locals and villagers driven by prejudice, superstition and their own rules. When the war ends, however, his fight for survival is replaced by another struggle - a struggle he may not even be aware of, a struggle with himself, a struggle for his own soul, and his future...

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Udo Kier
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For all its overworked grotesqueries, it attempts an intriguing climb from the deepest pits of horror towards some kind of stoic grace.

November 22, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The sequence of events is so relentlessly brutal as to become numbing, almost comical.

September 12, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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It's much easier, says The Painted Bird, to simply throw our hands in the air and declare humanity doomed.

September 12, 2020 | Rating: 2/5

The Painted Bird is a brutal kind of ordeal, but eerie, unearthly and even beautiful sometimes: a bad dream that leaks into waking reality.

September 11, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

With rare commitment, Marhoul sets himself to portraying such all-consuming human depravity, the only response is to crumple.

September 9, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Painted Bird is a potent, visceral but rewarding film for viewers who can withstand the onslaught of traumatizing moments.

July 17, 2020 | Full Review…

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