Birds, Orphans and Fools

Synopsis: After the Prague Spring of 1968 leaves Yorick, Martha and Ondrej orphaned, the trio of young characters find shelter in a bombed church and construct a surrealistically anarchic existence based on a philosophy of denial of life circumstances and careless playfulness with the purpose of pretending they enjoy the peace and freedom they do not have. Each character undergoes a personal growth process after Yorick and Ondrej competitively seek to develop a relationship with Martha, which escalates to unforeseen consequences.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
78 min

I, Juraj Jakubisko,

a Slovak Director,

Will tell you about those people,

who wanted to be proper

tell you how needful it is...

and at the same time how futile...

to seek rescue from a life

that doesn't know Love

for Hate, craziness without true

madness, happiness without sadness...

will tell you how needful it is...

and at the same time how futile...

to seek rescue from a life that

doesn't know Love for Hate

craziness without true madness

happiness without sadness and death

without mediocrity

This story has a tragic ending

But laugh if you feel like it,

as our heroes

do until the very last moment.

Yes, the world is pretty, though

not always nice

not happy, but not trully unhappy

crazy and full of love

everything changes back again and there

is no ending without beginning.



in Bratislava presents

a Juraj Jakubisko film

Birds, orphans and fools

Philippe Avron

Magda Vasaryova

Jiri Sykora

Well, c'mon,

come to me.

Which one will you give me?

Mila Beran

Francoise Goldite

Mikulas Ladizinsky, Jana Stehnova

Augustin Kuban

Do you photograph?


Wait! Wait! Wait, let me go!

Let me go!

Story and screenplay by Juraj Jakubisko

Karol Sidon

Producer Samy Halfon

A Slovensky film and

Bratislava Como film Paris co-production

not one other woman will show up here!

I swear!

No, won't show up...

I don't believe you!

Are you bored, friend, bored?

What's it to you?

I thought so

Come, let's have a drink

I don't feel like it.

And how about a little dancing?

I don't have a suit.

I'll give you one. Seriously?

I'm getting married tomorrow.

Buy some flowers!

Come here, are you a girl?

Go on, it makes no difference...

Bridegroom, you know?

Such nice guys in the world

And I am lost...

Lost! Lost!

Hey you! Get up!

Morning. What's happening?

I'm protecting you.

If you're protecting,

then you're protecting.

Don't cry, boy!

I'm scared.

Birds? Birds,

where did you come from?

Don't you remember? I rescued you!

Put your hands over your eyes when you

sleep, so that they won't peck them out.

What? But otherwise they're not bad.

Look, like this.

Yorick! Mr Yorick!

Mr Yorick, where are you?

Where are you? Calling Yorick!

Wake up, Mr Adrew's waiting for you!

My God, what went on here?

See how many strange things are

in this world?

She did it... She was scared of the birds.

Who is she?

I don't even know her name,

you can lie next to her

if you want

She was afraid of birds?

Yes, she was catching them all night.

Don' be scared of them.

They just watch you.

One day they'll give you a sign.

The birds...

Life is beautiful!

Do you see him? I've got appetite...

I've got muscles like an ox...

But I have a headache.

Surely someone must have hit me

You said you'd rescued me.


Because I'm fair.

Look! Look, those aren't birds.

They're souls of the dead.

Souls of the dead...

Why did you get your hair cut?

Because I had lice.

What? Lice?


The nits.

I like you.

Our Milan..., our general...

Your propellor was broken,

your wheels were broken,

your wheels broke.

And you fell far.

And you crashed hard...

Dyk Roza, young Stefanik, and...

What about a drink?

She'll tell you the fortune.

Would you like to go into the woods?

We're adults.


Don't be in a rush!

You have to get to know gipsy girls.

There they are! They're waiting for us.

They wouldn't mind,

if you laid them down.

But taking pictures, that's disgraceful.

Loook how gleeful they are!

Sure they are.

Arent' they beautiful?

Cheers, Stefanik, cheers...

They need heroes.

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Juraj Jakubisko

Juraj Jakubisko (born 30 April 1938, Kojšov, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)) is a Slovak film director. He has directed 15 feature films, between 1967 and 2008. He often takes the dual role of cinematographer, and is often also credited as a screenplay writer as he usually co-writes or writes the scripts of his movies. In 2000 he was named Best Slovak Director of the 20th century by film critics and journalists. His work is often described as magical realism. more…

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