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Bird People

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France · 2014
2h 8m
Director Pascale Ferran
Starring Josh Charles, Radha Mitchell, Mathieu Amalric, Clark Johnson
Genre Drama, Fantasy, Romance

In an airport hotel, an American engineer abruptly quits his job, breaks things off with his wife, and decides to remain in his room indefinitely. On the other side of the door lies a lonely and drifting university student who works as a hotel maid. Both seeking escapes from unhappy lives, fate soon brings them together.

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New York Daily News by

The best moments in Bird People soar to such heights that you almost want to forgive the parts that amount to mere droppings.


The New York Times by A.O. Scott

There are plot twists, and then there is what Ms. Ferran does here, which is to transform — impetuously, improbably and altogether marvelously — this somber, realistic tale into something else entirely.

50 by Brian Tallerico

Demoustier is a charming young actress. And there are clearly interesting ideas taking flight here. It’s the execution of the flight plan that keeps them from reaching their destination.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer

It’s a tricky proposition that will surely ruffle the feathers of many viewers, but one that also makes a curious, if lasting, impression, thanks in part to strong turns from actors Anais Demoustier and Josh Charles.


Village Voice by Melissa Anderson

Firmly rooted in everyday particulars — primarily the transactions (business, emotional, or otherwise) facilitated by the time- and space-obliterating devices to which we are constantly tethered — Ferran's movie dares to venture, for much of its second half, into fantasy.


The Dissolve by Noel Murray

The emotions evoked by Bird People should be familiar to anyone who ever stared out the window of a classroom, imagining what it would be like to leave school, hop on a bike, and go for a ride around the mostly empty neighborhood.


The Playlist by Oliver Lyttelton

There are moments of beauty and charm, but also ones that felt rather broad, like an extract from a live-action Disney movie or something. It is fitfully interesting, but nearly broke our twee detectors.


Variety by Peter Debruge

Where the film goes is both unexpected and necessary, since however grounded and relatable these thinly detailed characters might be, the movie doesn’t actually seem to be going anywhere.

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