Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) - Rotten Tomatoes

Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019)


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Critic Consensus: Birds of Passage traces the familiar arc of the drug crime thriller from a different direction that's as visually absorbing as it is hard-hitting.

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From the Oscar (R)-nominated team behind the genre-defying Embrace of the Serpent, comes an equally audacious saga centered on the Wayúu indigenous people during a crucial period in recent Colombian history. Torn between his desire to become a powerful man and his duty to uphold his culture's values, Rapayet (José Acosta) enters the drug trafficking business in the 1970s and finds quick success despite his tribe's matriarch Ursula's (Carmiña Martínez) disapproval. Ignoring ancient omens, Rapayet and his family get caught up in a conflict where honor is the highest currency and debts are paid with blood. A sprawling epic about the erosion of tradition in pursuit of material wealth, Birds of Passage is a visually striking exploration of loyalty, greed, and the voracious nature of change.


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Critic Reviews for Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano)

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (5)

Outstanding.... "Birds of Passage" is closer in tone to "Narcos" than any telenovela.... Gallego and Guerra keep the story consistently absorbing as the action plays out and the bodies pile up.

September 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The impact of modern vice upon the Wayuu is a captivating tale never told before, and the final few minutes are brutal in the best possible way.

September 5, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

You feel for these fathers, mothers and children as they endure their mythic rise and fall, but the ruthless, eternal cycle of violence begetting violence leaves no room for sentimentality.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

A beautifully crafted, slow-burn crime saga steeped in native traditions.

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…

A visually stunning and often surprising true story that charts the rise of the Colombian drug business back before Escobar from its unexpected roots, among an indigenous clan in way over their heads.

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Birds of Passage does not distance itself too much from similar films of this nature, but what Gallego and Guerra construct around this story is one of its greatest and most subtle virtues. [Full Review in Spanish]

December 27, 2018 | Full Review…

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