starring Anni-Christina Juuso, Ville Haapasalo, Viktor Bychkov
written and directed by Aleksandr Rogozhkin
by Bill Chambers As with the ineffably similar No Man's Land, Danis Tanovic's "Twilight Zone"-esque morality play in which a Bosnian and a Serb duke it out while the dead body of a Serb soldier threatens to detonate a landmine between them, when you're done watching The Cuckoo, you're done thinking about it as well. Both films make their points too baldly--the stress of analysis and the joy of drawing conclusions are pleasures you won't much experience after a viewing of The Cuckoo despite its having the pretense of being profound. An awkwardly-translated quote that writer-director Aleksander Rogozhkin provided for the film's North American pressbook--"I don't write scripts, I write novels for cinema... I could just note 'Sniper Veiko shoots from a rifle,' but it will be an absolutely different approach if I write 'Sniper Veiko shoots from old Austrian rifle, with optical sight rifle'"--is telling: he's not a man who likes to leave many doors open to interpretation.