Well-intentioned but sugarcoated anti-war allegory.
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There are subtitles to reduce everything to simple English declarative sentences. This gives the viewer a decidedly unfair advantage over the characters: we can understand what they cannot and are invited to laugh at their mutual incomprehension.
By the time you've worked through the allegorical implications, you may be wondering why you didn't just go see "Charlie's Angels."
The movie overextends a patch of folk mysticism toward the end and then adds a silly whimsical coda, but as a comedy of errors it's often hilarious.
A beautifully shot, modest little fable about the misunderstandings between people.
A stirring action movie -- in the international manner of ''The Fast Runner'' or ''No Man's Land."
The two male actors are very good, but Juuso is particularly amusing and touching as the earthy heroine.
The performances are solid, and Juuso has a particular charisma. The actors do a commendable job of revealing unimagined layers to their initially one-note roles.
The Cuckoo is smart enough to steer away from allegory and into the specific every chance it gets, though -- so much so that when the film finally does slip the mortal coil, you still hang with it.