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Bechis, a former political exile from Argentina with a clear anti-colonialist bent, may be angered by the Guarani's plight, but his movie - like these people - is contemplative, patient and forcefully determined.
Birdwatchers is impressively filmed and never less than interesting. If it has a weakness, it's that this is a familiar sermon: Save the rain forest. Respect its inhabitants.
Momentarily, it feels as if the Guarani could win this fight and maybe give it to globalization on the shins.
Writer-director-producer Marco Bechis's absorbing story of struggle and survival carries its committed ethnographic and political passions lightly.
Bechis may not be the greatest cinematic stylist around, but his heartfelt purpose is there for all to see.
Birdwatchers is a nicely crafted piece of storytelling that is sad, but fascinating.
Birdwatchers is an unusual and sympathetic exploration of a diminishing society driven to near extinction by capitalism and colonialism. And if it provokes action, then it's a job well done.
Makes its point very effectively in the first 10 minutes and has subsequent difficulties convincing as a full-length narrative feature; a documentary treatment could have been more illuminating.
BirdWatchers just about manages to hold your interest, but it can't seem to decide whether it's a contemporary western or a retelling of Romeo and Juliet.
A timely and subtly powerful piece of film-making.
Marco Bechis' crusading film sets up some fairly predictable clashes. But it's redeemed by the casting of actual Guarani tribespeople in the lead roles - and as actors, the Guarani prove themselves superb naturals.
Bechis bequeaths us a landscape scattered with enigmas, jigsaw pieces for us to complete our own picture.
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