Bye Bye Blackbird | Chicago Reader

Bye Bye Blackbird

French director Robinson Savary makes his feature debut with this maddeningly disjointed fable set in the early 1900s. An unemployed construction worker (James Thierree, grandson of Charlie Chaplin) joins a traveling circus, falls for a beautiful but icy acrobatic star (Izabella Miko), and tries to woo her by joining her trapeze act. Designed by Wilbert Van Dorp and shot by Christophe Beaucarne, this 2005 feature from Luxembourg is a visual triumph, but the atmospherics fail to conceal the thin story and some fairly pretentious dialogue. Derek Jacobi contributes some top-notch scene chewing as the creepy ringmaster. 100 min.

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