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Variety Chief Film Critic Peter Debruge On Walking Out Of The Painted Bird

“It’s my job to watch whatever comes my way, after which I can have my revenge by writing a review that steers future audiences away. Still, I know plenty of people who have never walked out of a movie…. I was encouraged by the introduction of Udo Kier, who plays an ornery miller willing to shelter this feral orphan for a time. This quickly turns violent, and ends with Kier’s character gouging a man’s eyes out with a spoon. Skarsgård appears a short time later as a Nazi who volunteers to execute the boy. But the final straw for me was a scene in which Jewish prisoners manage to escape a train bound for a concentration camp, only to be gunned down by German soldiers. I managed to avoid a scene of bestiality with a goat, whom the boy later decapitates; a situation where Keitel hands the kid off to Sands and an ugly encounter where a pedophile is dragged into a pit of rats.  If a film doesn’t interest you, the easiest and most effective thing to do is not to watch it. I may consider Salò and Schindler’s List and 12 Years a Slave to be masterpieces, but they are undeniably tough to sit through. If these movies are too daunting for you, no one’s forcing you to watch them.”
Variety Chief Film Critic Peter Debruge On Walking Out Of The Painted Bird

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