Bird People

2014, Drama/Romance, 2h 8m

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Bird People is admirably ambitious, but its handful of high-flying moments don't add up to a consistently compelling film. Read critic reviews

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An overstressed American businessman (Josh Charles) and a French chambermaid (Anaïs Demoustier) make a connection at an airport hotel in Paris.

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  • Mar 10, 2016
    Interesting movie. Both connected and unconnected. For a 2014 movie, everyone sure smokes a lot.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2015
    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.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2014
    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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