The titular "bird talk" is the language used by those excluded from the aggressive, raucous majority - the history teacher tormented by his students, a recently-fired language teacher, a leprous composer, a woman who cleans the house of a banker, a deformed florist and a student fascinated by the cinema who are pushed to the margins by a system that reproduces thoughtlessness and chants of hatred. The film's protagonists have only irony, flowers and quotes from the classics as their weapons. Andrzej Żuławski's script accentuates the degradation of Polish intelligentsia, who choose a peculiar splendid isolation when surrounded by contempt for knowledge, by incivility and just plain stupidity. The "young" Żuławski also pays homage to his father's films. BIRD TALK is a glossary of Andrzej Żuławski's cinematic motifs, evoking its scenes, characters, costumes, themes and aura from films such as THE SHAMAN, POSSESSION, THE DEVIL, THE BLUE NOTE and THE THIRD PART OF THE NIGHT.