For the Birds

For the Birds

3 Episodes

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.

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For the Birds
  • THE CAGE Introduction

    Episode 1

  • The Cage
    16:41
    Episode 2

    The Cage

    Episode 2

    Directed by Adrian Sitaru • 2010 • Romania, Netherlands

    When Mihaes’s little boy brings home a sick dove, the creature creates new conflicts between father and son, but also a possible reconciliation that Mihaes does not want to lose.

  • Kes
    1:51:06
    Kes
    Episode 3

    Kes

    Episode 3

    Directed by Ken Loach • 1970 • United Kingdom
    Starring David Bradley, Freddie Fletcher, Lynne Perrie

    Named one of the ten best British films of the century by the British Film Institute, Ken Loach’s KES is cinema’s quintessential portrait of working-class Northern England. Billy (an astonishingl...