The Painted Bird
The material beauty, the formal compositions, the lustrous black-and-white shadows and light, the deep focus, and the wide-screen staging in Vaclav Marhoul’s stunning adaptation of Jerzy Kosiński’s controversial 1965 novel/memoir puts it on par—cinematographic
‘There is no score and no sentimentality, Marhoul presenting a still, studied God’s-eye view which keeps us at bay while making the experience all the more bracing. It is a beautiful piece of work… For all the horror, the film feels vital. The Painted Bird shames the human race, but the glimmers of hope, the glints of goodness that break through, are startling… It is entrancing all the way.’—Alex Godfrey, Empire
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