Paper Bird (1984)

Run Time - 6 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Somewhat thrown off by a plethora of subplots, this exploration of a woman's disturbed psyche has several stories and various threads interwoven all at once, yet it is still an interesting tale. Lawyer Helen Stousland's (Elisabeth Mortensen) father commits suicide by jumping out of a window, and, distraught by his death, she seems unable to escape him wherever she turns. The drug dealer she is defending in her current case implies that he has some connections to her father, she seduces the detective investigating her father's death, she quarrels with her stepmother, and her law firm is handling her father's property. As various facets of Helen's life seem to converge so much on her father, the story focuses on her inner thoughts and feelings, and in the end, both the outer and inner worlds are brought into a surprising conjunction.



death, detective, drug-dealer, father, grief, investigation, lawyer, seduction, stepmother, suicide, suicide-attempt