The Cuckoo (2002)

Wednesday 2nd November 2016

The Cuckoo (2002)

99 minutes with subtitles

Director: Aleksander Rogozhin, Russia

This is a touching and sometimes comic tale about two soldiers, one Finnish, one Russian, and a vivacious young Sami woman. Many misunderstandings result as they don’t speak the others’ languages. Mistrust and desire in the spectacular landscape of northern Finland amidst the confusion at the end of the Second World War.

Aleksandr Rogozhkin’s film is a little gem. It contains none of the certainties, required to make a cinematic experience sweet enough for general consumption. The word that comes closest would be “humanity”, encompassing confusion, inconsistency and contradiction.
(Eye For Film)

The beauty of this movie is that you, as the reader of the subtitles, are the only one who knows what is going on. The woman and the two men all speak different languages. It is a comedy of errors up until the end.