Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) Reviews

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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 18, 2019
Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego's follow-up to their 2015 gem Embrace of the Serpent is a stunner.
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.
September 18, 2019
[I thought] this film just had a really distinctive personality and really beautiful cinematography.
May 17, 2019
It's a story with a striking sense of place - especially the windswept plains - and some wonderfully taciturn performances, notably from Martínez and José Vicente Cote as Rapayet's wizened, dignified uncle.
May 17, 2019
A beguiling façade masks a rather commonplace gangster narrative.
May 15, 2019
It's like watching a series of surreal animated tableaux, vivants yet at the same time hieratic, dreamish, like an oneiric pageant.
May 15, 2019
This is film-making that really does push at the limits of storytelling and generic templates, and it's brimming with images and ideas.
May 13, 2019
It's a mesmerising and transporting drug epic like no other.
March 15, 2019
There are numerous echoes of The Godfather, notable among them the way market forces, exemplified by the drug trade, can work to destroy the old ways of doing things, and the old bonds that preserve both family and the civilization it supports.
March 15, 2019
The film's glorious cinematography (hat tip to David Gallego) compliments the directors' vision, making "Birds of Passage" a film that flies as high as its ambition.
March 14, 2019
The corrosive effects of the drug trade have been brought to tragic life on screens both big and small so often that there doesn't seem much new could be said on the topic. That's where the film "Birds of Passage" vividly proves otherwise.
February 28, 2019
[A] fascinating portrait of moral decay, if also as far from a documentary as you can get.
February 28, 2019
Its characters are driven by their beliefs in the power of dreams and in otherworldly spirits that rule their lives. Their hubris leads them to take actions that inevitably have fatal consequences. It really is quite a beguiling tale.
February 27, 2019
By the middle of the movie, it's as if every single plot point must wait until a tribal council convenes and pronounces on what should happen next.
February 16, 2019
The movie is a knockout.
February 16, 2019
Since the movie is set in the decades before Escobar's prime, it lacks the kind of narco sheen western audiences have flocked to, but it's very much an analogy for that era, the lives it took and the shame it's left behind for the survivors.
February 15, 2019
Harrowing in its repetitive violence, but never less than fascinating as a piece of ethnology, with magic-realist dimensions, that amounts to an origin story of the Latin American drug trade. It's an extraordinarily accomplished piece of filmmaking.
February 15, 2019
"Birds of Passage" is a standout in the sprawling drug-empire genre, showing the effects of the trade on locals and refusing to romanticize the family at its center.
February 14, 2019
Imagine "The Godfather" made by dazzling Latin American directors who combine bravura filmmaking with political awareness and a probing social conscience.
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