Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) Reviews

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December 14, 2018
It attempts too much and that's where most of its defects are. [Full Review in Spanish]
September 24, 2018
A progressively tedious misfire...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 23, 2018
An ambitious but deliberately middle-lane approach for their tale of the emergence of the marijuana trade in rural Colombia in the 1960s and '70s
February 12, 2019
Unique background elements provide flavor, but apart from the drug of choice here being marijuana rather than cocaine, what unfolds could hardly be less rote.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 17, 2018
A powerful and moving story about a community struggling between its traditions and the threats of the modern world. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 16, 2019
Changing pace from Embrace of the Serpent, Guerra and Gallego have crafted a nuanced depiction of capitalism's corruptive DNA and a film that subverts all expectations
February 7, 2019
In terms of plotting, Birds of Passage won't surprise...but you've never seen this story through this lens before.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 13, 2019
Despite its cultural specificity, it can't help but feel like it's on a very specific trajectory from which it cannot deviate.
October 17, 2018
Birds of Passage is fascinating, thought-provoking and saddening as we see the roots of the lawless trade Colombia became known for and watch a threatened culture destroying itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 27, 2018
An effortlessly watchable addition to 1970s era cartel cinema, Guerra and Gallegos manage a compelling saga, albeit in a period and formula a bit less mysterious and enigmatic than his previous celebrated effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 30, 2019
Gallego and Guerra's presentation may have taken the form of a more recognizable and palatable genre movie but its beauty and power still lies in its loving and patient portrayal of traditions of dance, clothing and, most importantly, values.
May 12, 2018
An admirable, surprising accompanying piece to Guerra's magnum opus, contemplatively examining the progression (or regression) of an indigenous tribe that's finding it difficult to withstand the harsh capitalist climate.
November 16, 2018
Where I found Guerra's previous effort a struggle to wring anything specific out of, this one will remain lodged in my brain for quite some time.
October 19, 2018
Birds of Passage is a true story and a compelling one.
December 5, 2018
In its informed use of hallucinatory indigenous folktales, Birds of Passage spans a rich emotional spectrum as it places the familiar would-be drug lord narrative underneath an anthropological microscope.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
May 10, 2018
[Co-Directors Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego] articulate the film through a strong mythological component... [Full review in Spanish]
September 12, 2018
This is certainly not your typical drug crime thriller, where racist caricatures swagger around like oversized villains while white redeemers try to save the day. The genre's racist trappings are instead deconstructed into something postcolonial.
August 10, 2018
Layering this crime drama with a level of mysticism not only manages to maintain the contemporary understanding of the Wayuu people, but also breathes some new life into the "rags to riches" crime thriller subgenre.
August 8, 2018
An explosively imaginative riposte to the macho posturings of Narcos.
August 7, 2018
Guerra and Gallego may not have reproduced the surreal images from Embrace of the Serpent, but their determination to preserve the history of those who capitalism has destroyed remains as strong and necessary as ever.
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