Scheme Birds

2019

Scheme Birds

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Scheme Birds bursts with the frustration of a generation of Scots let down by society's promises. We see the fading steel town through the eyes of Gemma, a soon-to-be mother on the verge of adulthood. In a place where you "either get knocked up or locked up," Gemma carves out brief moments of tenderness amidst the violence of her local scheme.

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  • It's a testament to the filmmakers' talent and sensitivity that Scheme Birds is never unbearable to watch, nor unduly sentimental in the way of so much liberal-minded cinema.

    May 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • As a feature-length debut for Swedish duo Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin, it's a work of major promise.

    May 1, 2019 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Variety
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  • These scheme birds find their instinct for freedom in their own time, and on their own terms.

    Jul 12, 2019 | Rating: 4 | Full Review…
  • Although the documentary lays out in detail the rudderless existence of many of the young people, it also finds a visual lyricism and freedom metaphor in Gemma's grandfather's pigeons.

    Jul 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Scheme Birds takes flight when it has the same fierce joy and pride in Motherwell that Gemma does. While perhaps overly narrative, it never condescends or seeks easy answers.

    Jul 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a beautifully shot, often heartbreaking slice-of-life tale that quickly pulls the viewer in with its captivating lead.

    May 4, 2019 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

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