Man Follows Birds

A young boy gets a brutal sentimental education under the open skies of medieval Uzbekistan. Ali Khamraev's stylistic tour de force is almost unclassifiable-a mystic vision, an Eastern Western, a pageant of color and movement, a portrait of adolescence painted in broad, expressionistic strokes. Man Follows Birds moves from one sumptuous moment to the next-rides through ecstatically colored landscapes, a trio of friends waking up covered in apple blossoms, the hero imagining his beautiful and long-dead mother in images that have an abstract power and beauty. A movie that truly deserves the word “visionary.”

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