The Painted Bird (2019)

Unrated   |    |  Drama, War

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A young Jewish boy somewhere in Eastern Europe seeks refuge during World War II where he encounters many different characters.




  • Filip Kankovský in The Painted Bird (2019)
  • The Painted Bird (2019)
  • The Painted Bird (2019)
  • The Painted Bird (2019)
  • The Painted Bird (2019)
  • Vladimír Smutný in The Painted Bird (2019)

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8 December 2020 | mcmahonjake
I'd been excited about this film for many months. No cinema near me could show it as most were closed due to Covid-19, and I then read it would be going straight to sales and streaming. I don't like streaming so, I bought the Blu-ray. The day it came I watched it that evening, and I couldn't look away. Most of you will look away at certain scenes, but I encourage you to try and endure it. The film is another look at the horrors and affects of WWII on Eastern Europe, with a small, almost completely voiceless boy at the centre of it all. He literally walks from place to place and meets the most horrendous people, some of whom are nice to him, and some who are really not.

Jerzy Kosinski wrote The Painted Bird in 1965, and apparently said it was autobiographical, but it was later determined that it was a fictional story. So, don't take this as a true story, though I have no doubt that some of the horrific or similar things you see in the film more than likely were happening to somebody.

The film is shot totally on black and white and looks beautiful. I've watched it three times now. I don't know how, it's a tough watch. But worth it.

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Release Date:

17 July 2020


Czech, German, Russian, Latin

Country of Origin

Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine

Filming Locations

Dolnoslaskie, Poland

Box Office


CZK175,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$452 19 July 2020

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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