Jojo is living in an uneasy relationship with his father as they both struggle to cope with his mother's absence. The father's dark moods and inclination to drink creates a seemingly unbearable situation, but with a child's resilience Jojo finds emotional escape routes. He loves to listen to the music his mother recorded, to tell stories and to run around in the wasteland behind his house where he finds an abandoned young bird ('Kauw' in Dutch), and a new purpose in life.
"Moving and joyous Kauwboy is a short but perfectly formed film that stands out as an honest portrayal of growing up and dealing with loss and sorrow." Flickfeast
"Obviously, in a film about a boy and a bird, there is no escaping comparisons to Ken Loach's classic Kes (1969), but it's a film that manages to stand on its own" Bonjour Tristesse
"the quiet simplicity and thoughtful handling of a deeply angry but repressed child proves quite astute and powerful." Exclaim!
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