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371 Ratings

Birds of Passage

Pájaros de verano

Colombia, Denmark, 2018


Unfolding in the Guajira desert in the 1970s, the film follows a Wayuu indigenous family who takes a leading role in the origins of the Colombian marijuana drug trade, discovering the perks of wealth and power, but with a violent and tragic downside.

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Birds of Passage Directed by Ciro Guerra, Cristina Gallego
A riot of sound, color and widescreen imagery, courtesy of cinematographer David Gallego (who shot the monochrome Embrace of the Serpent and Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not A Witch, another apt frame of reference), the insights into the destabilizing impact of outside influences feel both credible and prescient.
February 15, 2019
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The screenwriters’ way of describing this world’s fall from grace due to the lures of money and luxury has the power and inevitability of classic tragedy. It could be Greek or Shakespearean, though it is palpably modern and Colombian.
February 12, 2019
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Parts of the story are narrated by a blind singer — a literally Homeric figure — and the story itself upholds Ezra Pound’s definition of the epic as “a poem containing history.” It’s about how the world changes, about how individual actions and the forces of fate work in concert to bring glory and ruin to a hero and his family.
February 12, 2019
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