For reasons never explained, Lejla allows the old man to keep his pigeons in the room where he spends all his time. The birds create a terrible mess and, one would think, a serious health risk. But the doctor who visits from time to time doesn’t appear to be concerned.
After many months of this, Lejla is driven to the point of madness, and audiences are likely to feel much the same way. Pic has no dramatic highs or lows, until an ending seemingly inspired by “The Birds,” though it must be said that even 34 years ago Hitchcock handled aggressive birds with more conviction. For no valid dramatic reason, the film is bookended with color sequences while the bulk of the story, a long flashback, is in black-and-white.
The actors, faced with almost impossible roles, do their best. Production values are adequate. Pic will do little to advance the cause of Azerbaijani cinema internationally.