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The Cuckoo Review


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The bird to which the title refers is not one of the warbling kind. It applies to a rare individual: a Finnish army sniper in the last days of World War II, considered by his mates to be a coward. Though we're not treated to the conduct that inspired this condemnation among the men of the squad as they plod through a Lapland foest, we see them chain their "cuckoo," Veiko (Ville Haapasalo), to a piton which they deeply anchor to a rock and leave him to fend as well as he can with his rifle, a few cans of food, and some supplies. His task is to free himself before an enemy or wild animal comes along and before the Russian planes scouting the area discover him.

Once his ex-comrades are gone, he tries the obvious: shooting the chain. But the metal is too hefty for his bullets, so a quick escape is out of the question. MacGyver-like, he sets about to employ material within reach, which turns out to be a blast of gunpowder collected from his bullets, and the burning of lichens to gradually wear down the rock with expansion and contraction. It's a credit to the filmmaker's sense of reality that the job is not made to look trivial. In fact, it goes on long enough to exhaust Veiko's food, his strength, and a bit of our patience, though Veiko doesn't lose his confidence for a moment and we get a sense of the man's perseverance.

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