Movie Review | San Sebastián 2019 : ‘And the Birds Rained Down’

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The next feature from Canadian Louise Archambault explores the influence of outside intrusions in the life of the trio of outdated-timers living in the wild. A deceptively delicate rural drama with an ecological slant along with a tone that darkens as it developments, And also the Birds Rained Straight down eventually ends up delivering far more than it initially promises.

Cleaving closely towards the prize-successful Jocelyne Saucier innovative on which it’s based, this eco-warm and friendly, elegantly provided tale concerning the sunset modifications in the lives of any trio of graybeards residing in the forest is fascinating, believed-provoking and ultimately relocating, with potential well-known attractiveness amongst the middle-age demographic that could create attention beyond the fest circuit.

Like old age by itself, on top Wild birds might be placid, but there’s a great deal happening below. Gruff, down-to-earth Charlie (Gilbert Sicotte) bouncy (and tubbier) Tom (Rémy Girard), a singer who plays inside the community bars and Ted (Kenneth Welsh) are living a life of apparently Thoreauvian straightforwardness (plus marijuana plants and flowers) far from civilization, in the center of a forest near a lake.

But in the first ten minutes, Ted unexpectedly dies in the sleep. The response of Charlie and Tom is interestingly quiet and philosophical, which pretty much explains the tone from the motion picture.

Within a near by town, Steve (Éric Robidoux), supervisor of any community resort with few friends who spends considerable time smoking cigarettes the previous boys’ weed, is escorting his seniors aunt Gertrude (Andrée Lachapelle) back to her rest residence using a memorial.

Gertrude refuses to go back within, wanting to view the countryside, so Steve chooses to question an initially reluctant Charlie and Tom, to whom he offers materials, if they can set her up. Meanwhile professional photographer Raf (Ève Landry) seems, wanting to picture Ted, in whose family died in a wildfire that devastated the area yrs before — hence the film’s self-consciously poetic title.

The phase is thus set for an On Gold Pond-type, comfortable third-age group drama with a lighting comic edge, but Wild birds winds up moving much further and more dark than that because the script, driven along by beautifully nuanced performances looking at the main trio, prospects us into some quite unexpected locations.

The very first, fantastic swap of glances between Gertrude and Charlie (on coming, she symbolically casts away her struggling institutionalized previous by renaming herself “Marie-Desneige”) indeed develops in to a tremulous octogenarian really like event as Charlie will take her under his wing and shows her another lifestyle, not just of robbed, outdated-folk kisses but of full-blown sensuality. Their nighttime conversations across a darkened area — like those of kids in summer camp, besides they’re 80 — are some of the pic’s most unforgettable scenarios his or her inevitably unpleasant rear tales start to emerge.

In the darker part, the style of euthanasia is broached, like anything else, with delicacy and maturation. And any film having a burning up forest backdrop will inevitably have its ecological indicate make, using the man-created Fantastic Fireplace directly or indirectly impacting the lives of all the figures. Ted’s works of art from the fireplace, identified by Raf inside a lose that’s been secured for many years, are proof of that — and at the same time, in the provide and just a few kilometers away from, another forest fireplace threatens.

There are some false remarks in Birds. It’s maybe improbable that the natural performer like Tom might have shunned humanity so radically by heading out to the woods. The connection between Raf and Steve that may or may not be happening feels undercooked in comparison with all the current in-forest drama:

Being a persona, Raf never quite escapes her outsider-burglar status in both the lives of the other characters or even in the movie. On the other hand, a delayed subplot involving a few rookie cops feels superfluous to extraordinary requirements.

Visually, situations are, gorgeously, what you’d expect from the movie placed in a Canadian forest with a lake. DP Mathieu Laverdière thankfully doesn’t engage in drone abuse, but neither does he skip an opportunity for many nicely staged tableaux, for example of Marie-Desneige sitting nervously in the dock as Charlie tries to coax her to the water.

The piano-centered report by Andréa Bélanger and David Ratté of Montreal indie folk outfit Will Driving West stays the perfect side of sentimental. But the genuine musical honors head to Rémy Girard’s live performances of Leonard Cohen’s “Bird over a Wire” and Tom Waits’ funereally stunning “Time” — riskily performed by Girard at full length, perhaps due to its entirely apt title-nod collection, “And one thousand pigeons tumble around her toes.”

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