Bird People (2014)
Critic Consensus: Bird People is admirably ambitious, but its handful of high-flying moments don't add up to a consistently compelling film.
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as Melle Lhomond
as Audrey's Father
as Gary's Sister
as Mme Baccar
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Critic Reviews for Bird People
People are just like birds, this French drama asserts-over and over again, with mind-numbing obviousness, until you might feel like spreading your wings and flying away yourself.
An airport hotel may not seem the most inspiring of locations for a story of life-changing consequence, but French filmmaker Pascale Ferran's delicate, compassionate "Bird People" is just that sort of risk-taking existential adventure.
The vehicle for the message feels haphazard, as if Ferran were trying to create a patchwork of various film types rather than one cohesive piece.
Bird People has ideas about nature, human and otherwise. It's got a sense of romantic wonder.
Audience Reviews for Bird People
Interesting movie. Both connected and unconnected. For a 2014 movie, everyone sure smokes a lot.
There's a moment, about 2/3 of the way in, that will either win you over completely or lose you. I can't say much more for fear of spoiling it, but sufficed to say I'm firmly in the former camp as it blows up the story in such an exciting way without being inconsistent with the rest of the film.
In "Bird People," Gary Newman(Josh Charles) arrives in Paris for a meeting that goes well enough. It is that night when things start to not go so well for him. It turns out that his sleeplessness is not just jet lag, as it proceeds to anxiety. But he soon finds comfort in a cigarette with Simon(Roschdy Zem) who works the front desk. The following day Gary does not get on the plane for Dubai as originally planned, setting in motion a chain of events that includes his immediate resignation from his job. In the meantime, Audrey(Anais Demoustier) goes about her duties as a maid without any idea of this, after having left university. There is a thin line between inspired and magical and just pure bonkers. With her film "Bird People," director Pascale Ferran manages to walk that line well enough, while also conveying multiple points of view. Those concern the various and sundry people at an airport hotel, especially those workers invisible even when in plain sight. It is only the lucky like Gary who are able to choose how long they stay or simply move on. To his credit, there may be more to Gary than just an empty suit, even if he drinks and smokes too much, as least judging by his reading material of JG Ballard who reportedly wrote about alienation not unlike some of which we see here. On the other hand, the movie does say it is okay to be alone, and that one cannot live on Toblerones alone.
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