For the Birds

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In Richard Miron's surprising and empathetic ​For the Birds​, we follow an unusual woman named Kathy who lives with 200 pet chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. What starts as a story seemingly about Kathy's battle with local animal advocacy groups slowly transforms into an intimate drama about her relationship with her husband Gary, and the toll the birds have taken on their marriage and her well-being. Filmed over the course of five years, this sensitive tale of one woman's world breaking down--poignant and absorbing in equal measure--is ultimately one of hope about the possibility of regaining one's life.


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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

  • While the documentary evolves in its scope, Miron's feature debut always remains evenhanded. "For the Birds" is kind to its subject, while recognizing the harm she's inadvertently doing.

    Jun 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Miron avoids easy conclusions about what drives Kathy, and he stays with her long enough for her story to surprise.

    May 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [Morphs] from a dark picture of untreated mental illness and a crumbling marriage to something more meaningful: a picture of one woman slowly taking her life back.

    Jun 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Extraordinary! A very humane documentary.

    May 30, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • A compassionate, fair and balanced documentary portrait.

    May 30, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…
  • [For the Birds] is an intimate portrait which invites viewers to engage with someone they might otherwise avoid and acknowledge as she must that love and care are not always the same thing.

    May 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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