Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) Reviews

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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.
October 2, 2019
Co-directors Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego blend actors with non-professionals to uneven but earthy effect.
October 1, 2019
The film is dizzying but also rewarding because we are immersed in a unique culture that mirrors and enhances stories once only visible in the mainstream.
September 29, 2019
... visually arresting... a haunting tale that will linger in the mind.
September 27, 2019
Birds of Passage is a gangster film. Yet, by being set in a culture unfamiliar to many Western viewers, it expands the scope of what movies of the genre can do.
September 26, 2019
[Birds of Passage] tackles the tension between worldviews... with a vibrant plot that intersects Scarface and The Godfather with the original Colombian people. [Full review in Spanish]
September 26, 2019
A fascinating story full of visual discoveries and ethnographic observations. [Full Review in Spanish]
September 18, 2019
[I thought] this film just had a really distinctive personality and really beautiful cinematography.
September 17, 2019
Birds Of Passage could so easily have been just another rise-and-fall gangster tale, but Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra work wonders with the setting, the background and the focus of the story.
September 17, 2019
This unique film will be easily appreciated not only by the Scarface completist, but the cultural tourist and art-house anthropologist as well.
July 25, 2019
How the story poetically blends that idea with the bloody and often lurid tale of a kingpin's rise to power is remarkable.
July 15, 2019
One of the most striking and profound discoveries of the year.
July 6, 2019
Birds of Passage feels as essential and vital as the best of cultural critiques as it delivers a searing rumination on indigenous lives and the postcolonial malaise of the region.
June 17, 2019
Birds of Passage is intriguing because of its denial of the genre's most salient tropes.
May 27, 2019
Ancient traditions, dreams, allegories, and premonitions in a stylized, hybrid tale of power, love, vendetta, and honor. This is powerful cinema.
May 23, 2019
An enthralling, powerful statement and lamentation on the drugs trade's inevitable encroachment upon on indigenous peoples and how gangsters casually destroyed them.
May 22, 2019
Really terrific, with the trappings of genre cinema without sacrificing any of the authenticity of the filmmakers.
May 22, 2019
A deftly executed epic that expertly subverts the stereotypical crime family story, with phenomenal results.
May 21, 2019
When Birds of Passage brings its fable full circle, it delivers a potent reminder of their complicity in the cycles of violence that continue to this day.
May 20, 2019
The film's contemplative, spiritual atmosphere and its focus on Wayuu traditions and taboos is extraordinarily powerful.
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