Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) Reviews

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February 25, 2020
The female-forward characters and the matrilineal Wayúu tribe the movie orbits have gone surprisingly under-explored by film critics.
December 20, 2019
The directors succeed in portraying two of the most important pillars of Colombian culture that, in turn, shape the two great concerns of the Colombian. [Full review in Spanish]
December 20, 2019
Yet even as Birds of Passage fetishizes its dreary mood, it excels at tracking the gradual impact of crime across generations less invested in playing by ancient rules.
December 19, 2019
As effectively violent and entertaining as Birds may be, there is a real current of bitterness and tragedy running through it.
December 19, 2019
Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra draw on the ideas of a narco thriller without wallowing in them.
December 19, 2019
Boldly [blends] western and gangster movie tropes with anthropology and magic realism to create a dramatically formulaic, but intoxicating audiovisual assault on the senses.
December 19, 2019
No one had bothered to examine the origins of Colombian drug trafficking from an anthropological point of view... Therein lies the originality of a film like Birds of Passage. [Full review in Spanish]
December 19, 2019
Suffice it to say that while watching Birds of Passage this critic couldn't stop thinking about Martin Scorsese's Casino, with its lucid and kinetic dissection of the annihilation of a subculture at the hands of global capitalism.
December 19, 2019
A visually arresting film that offers a fresh, tragic perspective on a familiar story.
December 18, 2019
The characters don't have much depth, but their heritage provides visual and thematic richness for the film makers, Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra.
December 18, 2019
Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego's follow-up to their 2015 gem Embrace of the Serpent is a stunner.
October 27, 2019
Columbian directors, Cristina Gallego and Cirro Guerra have produced an entirely new kind of crime movie - an ethnographic gangster tale in which age-old tribal customs rub up against the brutality of the South American narcotics trade
October 17, 2019
The raw authenticity of indigenous filmmaking, the arresting visual design that adds poetry to scenes of ritual and carnage, and a superb performance by Carmina Martinez... turn this age-old tale into something enchanted, haunting.
October 10, 2019
The stench of death and dirt lingers on the frame, and the taciturn register of the film, even in its louder moments, makes it feel like a waking nightmare.
October 9, 2019
A violent film that puts a bloody lens on struggles with drug trafficking. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 6, 2019
A true Greek tragedy. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 5, 2019
What must have been a very difficult production has resulted in something quite unforgettable.
October 5, 2019
We've seen plenty of films about South American drug cartels, but Birds of Passage is unique as it depicts the very source of the problem. Guerra and Gallego show the inexorability with which the violence follows the money.
October 3, 2019
When push comes to shove, this remarkable production never loses your full attention nor fascination or worry.
October 2, 2019
There are ethnographic films and there are crime films. I can't recall a film before this that does both successfully - but wait, there's more. Birds of Passage is also an epic tragedy... It's a breathtaking, moody, elegiac piece of work.
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