Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) Reviews

  • May 15, 2021

    Character development was inadequate, but the interesting story and strong visuals makes up for it.

    Character development was inadequate, but the interesting story and strong visuals makes up for it.

  • May 13, 2021

    A brave gangsters movie that breaks all the preconceived schemes or models. Echoes of well-known stories resound in this fresh film.

    A brave gangsters movie that breaks all the preconceived schemes or models. Echoes of well-known stories resound in this fresh film.

  • Feb 01, 2021

    It's a somewhat conventional story in an unconventional setting, like if Goodfellas was set among the Inuit. Most of the acting is wooden. Culturally it is interesting though, exposing me to all sorts of customs that I wasn't aware of. The matriarch is a badass.

    It's a somewhat conventional story in an unconventional setting, like if Goodfellas was set among the Inuit. Most of the acting is wooden. Culturally it is interesting though, exposing me to all sorts of customs that I wasn't aware of. The matriarch is a badass.

  • Jun 06, 2020

    Il film esplora un periodo storico in luoghi che non avevo mai visto prima d'ora, raccontando una storia vera intensa e sorprendentemente articolata. Mantenendo imparzialità e un sostanziale realismo nella descrizione delle culture raccontate, i registi offrono una visione solida e precisa di una guerra tra clan nella Colombia tra gli anni '70 e '80. C'è anche innovazione registica per quanto riguarda tutti gli aspetti tecnici, con un film che rivela fin da subito uno stile lento, nitido e ben definito. Nel complesso è un'esperienza ricca che, oltre ad offrire una trama interessante, lascia allo spettatore una morale profonda e difficile da dimenticare.

    Il film esplora un periodo storico in luoghi che non avevo mai visto prima d'ora, raccontando una storia vera intensa e sorprendentemente articolata. Mantenendo imparzialità e un sostanziale realismo nella descrizione delle culture raccontate, i registi offrono una visione solida e precisa di una guerra tra clan nella Colombia tra gli anni '70 e '80. C'è anche innovazione registica per quanto riguarda tutti gli aspetti tecnici, con un film che rivela fin da subito uno stile lento, nitido e ben definito. Nel complesso è un'esperienza ricca che, oltre ad offrire una trama interessante, lascia allo spettatore una morale profonda e difficile da dimenticare.

  • May 07, 2020

    Very realistic and interesting to watch. However, the more complex the business became, the more inconsistent I found the plot. The plot holes weren't a huge problem, luckily. The story got so good and strong that I couldn't stop watching.

    Very realistic and interesting to watch. However, the more complex the business became, the more inconsistent I found the plot. The plot holes weren't a huge problem, luckily. The story got so good and strong that I couldn't stop watching.

  • Apr 07, 2020

    My understanding of its finer details and greater appreciation of the film and its storytelling didn't arrive until after I had seen this movie. BIRDS OF PASSAGE certainly does tell what's a familiar plot outline with originality, largely courtesy of its setting, characters and incorporating their routines and rituals into the story. An excellent film.

    My understanding of its finer details and greater appreciation of the film and its storytelling didn't arrive until after I had seen this movie. BIRDS OF PASSAGE certainly does tell what's a familiar plot outline with originality, largely courtesy of its setting, characters and incorporating their routines and rituals into the story. An excellent film.

  • Feb 14, 2020

    A slight disagreement with 'Birds of Passage' on a hubby and wife date night. Hubby loved it, while wife came around but only for the super third act. Hubby: Five segments encompass this wildly engaging Columbian feature that is cerebral and authentic. This gave me such a 'Goodfellas' vibe and that is a great thing. It's immersive and intense and shot so beautifully. Wonderful choices were made in a film that should be seen! Wife: The first half of the movie was dreadful. Slow. But not a good build up slow. Just a boring slow. As the male leads character developed into a real person you can feel with, the movie got better but overall, it was a 2 hour movie that felt like 4 hours that could have been said in 70 minutes. Wife: 6.7/ Average Final Score: 7.4/10

    A slight disagreement with 'Birds of Passage' on a hubby and wife date night. Hubby loved it, while wife came around but only for the super third act. Hubby: Five segments encompass this wildly engaging Columbian feature that is cerebral and authentic. This gave me such a 'Goodfellas' vibe and that is a great thing. It's immersive and intense and shot so beautifully. Wonderful choices were made in a film that should be seen! Wife: The first half of the movie was dreadful. Slow. But not a good build up slow. Just a boring slow. As the male leads character developed into a real person you can feel with, the movie got better but overall, it was a 2 hour movie that felt like 4 hours that could have been said in 70 minutes. Wife: 6.7/ Average Final Score: 7.4/10

  • Feb 06, 2020

    Sophocles in Colombia, a classical tragedy in a modern setting, a sad story beautifully filmed.

    Sophocles in Colombia, a classical tragedy in a modern setting, a sad story beautifully filmed.

  • Jan 21, 2020

    Un poco lenta al principio, no obstante, en la medida en que la pelicula se comienza a desarrollar, ésta entra en unn vorágine de elementos interesantes. Un film que digno de un origen posible de procesos de narcotráfico. Además expone aspectos interesantes de la cultura Wayúu y su conexión con el espacio particular en el cual habitan. ¿Por qué verla? Porque es un film que propone atrevidamente un dialogo posible entre identidad y cosmovisión tradicional por un lado, y modernidad donde prima el criterio de capital monetario por el otro. Finalmente, los humanos son humanos, y como cada capitulo lo va indicando en los tiempos de la pelicula, los caminos son similares para todos.

    Un poco lenta al principio, no obstante, en la medida en que la pelicula se comienza a desarrollar, ésta entra en unn vorágine de elementos interesantes. Un film que digno de un origen posible de procesos de narcotráfico. Además expone aspectos interesantes de la cultura Wayúu y su conexión con el espacio particular en el cual habitan. ¿Por qué verla? Porque es un film que propone atrevidamente un dialogo posible entre identidad y cosmovisión tradicional por un lado, y modernidad donde prima el criterio de capital monetario por el otro. Finalmente, los humanos son humanos, y como cada capitulo lo va indicando en los tiempos de la pelicula, los caminos son similares para todos.

  • Jan 09, 2020

    Absolutely gripping and endlessly fascinating, despite the placid appearance and static framing. A completely different perspective on a drug gang.

    Absolutely gripping and endlessly fascinating, despite the placid appearance and static framing. A completely different perspective on a drug gang.