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 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 18, 2019
Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego's follow-up to their 2015 gem Embrace of the Serpent is a stunner.
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 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 22, 2019
Really terrific, with the trappings of genre cinema without sacrificing any of the authenticity of the filmmakers.
May 19, 2019
It's powerfully affecting fare; elegiac, evocative and profoundly cinematic.
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
Unforgettable images in service of a strange, poignant story.
May 17, 2019
A beguiling façade masks a rather commonplace gangster narrative.
May 17, 2019
The film offers one of the most original and intelligent crime movies of recent years; the very idea that Birds of Passage, with its particular sensibility and thematic concerns, can be regarded as a crime movie at all feels radical.
May 15, 2019
A film of unshowy and eye-opening surprises, which leads its audience somewhere previously unexplored by cinema: into the dream lives of drug lords.
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 15, 2019
Mesmerically shot by cinematographer David Gallego, this sprawling, surrealist-tinged moral fable explores the erosion of community values in the pursuit of a fast, dirty buck.
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.
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