The Island on Bird Street (1997)

“A man should never drink alone! ” – Alex

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Jan 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A young boy must fend for himself in war-torn Germany while waiting for the return of his father who promised him that he would come back for him.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and the premise actually sounded quite intriguing and enjoyable to see how things play out.

Unfortunately, this story is presented in a pretty boring way which hurts things too much.

That probably has a lot to do with the fact that this is based on a novel which has the ability to expound much more deeply about emotions and thought, something that is more difficult to convey on screen.

The only character who is developed at all is the lead character of Alex who sees things from a very naive an simplistic viewpoint due to his age and experience.

This causes his character to feel even more distant and since none of the other characters are developed at all, it makes it so much harder to actually care about anything that they say or do along the way.

The story is quite boring because not much happens and when things do happen, they are done is a more subtle way.

This helps drive in the idea that this story is being told from a young boy’s very innocent and naive perspective.

Bottom Line -Great idea that look good, but the story is presented in a very boring way. This kind of story works much better in its original novel format because that allows fort things to deal with thoughts and emotions which are imperative to situations like this. The characters besides the lead one are never developed well enough and that makes it so much harder to connect or relate to any of them. Even the main character of Alex feels a bit too distant in all that he is trying to do which is a shame.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Based on the semi-autobiographical Hebrew book “The Island on Birds Street” (HaI BeRehov HaTziporim), by Israeli author Uri Orlev. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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