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Winged Migration(Le peuple migrateur)

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France, Germany, Switzerland · 2001
Rated G · 1h 39m
Director Jacques Perrin
Starring Philippe Labro, Jacques Perrin
Genre Documentary

Five film crews follow the migration of geese, storks, and cranes through forty countries and across each of the seven continents. Using planes, gliders, helicopters, and balloons, seventeen pilots and fourteen cinematographers fly alongside, above, below, and in front of their subjects to capture the majesty and magic of their flight.

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Wall Street Journal by Joe Morgenstern

A magnificent documentary that flies us along with migratory birds on their intercontinental travels, it's the polar opposite -- North Pole, South Pole and all latitudes in between -- of modern feature films that rely on special effects.


TV Guide Magazine by Maitland McDonagh

Absolutely breathtaking documentary whose close-up shots of birds in flight are so freakishly intimate that the film is compelled to open with the statement they're not special effects.


Austin Chronicle by Marjorie Baumgarten

As moving wallpaper, Winged Migration is the cat’s meow: One almost wishes the wondrous images had been filmed in the even bigger IMAX format. But as an informative documentary, Winged Migration’s birdbrain comes to the fore.


Portland Oregonian by Shawn Levy

Somewhat marred by Bruno Coulais' treacly New Age score -- as well as by Perrin's somewhat daft and repetitive narration. But the key word is "somewhat." In the main, Winged Migration is an unforgettable piece of moviemaking.


Salon by Stephanie Zacharek

Birds are not just the movie's stars, but its whole universe. They inspire in Perrin and his crew, and in us, not just awe but humility. You'll never look at them the same way again.

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