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The Painted Bird (2020)

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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
as Miller
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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…

I must admit that staying with the film required steady purpose, but the experience, far from being numbing, was spellbinding. By the end there was no distance between me and the boy. I could see him thinking.

July 17, 2020 | Full Review…

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