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For the Birds
A bird is a boy’s best friend in these bittersweet coming-of-age fables, both of which blend social-realist grit with child’s-eye poetry. Romanian director Adrian Sitaru’s THE CAGE embeds a perceptive study of father-son dynamics within its poignant tale of a boy who takes in an injured bird with hopes of nursing it back to health. Its brand of kitchen-sink humanism hearkens back to Ken Loach’s early masterpiece KES, a heartrending study of working-class British life in which a wayward teenager finds escape from his dreary existence through his bond with a wild kestrel.