Acclaimed director Louise Archambault’s elegaic and charming new film depicts three aging hermits in the Quebec countryside whose defiant need to live independently is increasingly endangered by nature, old age, and infirmity. Running time: 2 hours 7 minutes. French with subtitles.
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BFS Rating PG
BFS Opinion: A beautiful film which is shot very intimately and simply, but the performances are excellent. It’s a gentle (at first anyway!) story about some elderly folk who live out in the woods, in the wilds. The scenery is stunning, of mountains forests and lakes. Their hermit like idyll is interrupted by the arrival of two women and the story gradually darkens and becomes very thought provoking. There is a sweet love story running through it too. We loved it, and think our members would too.
Based on an acclaimed novel by Jocelyne Saucier, And the Birds Rained Down is an unsentimental portrayal of what it means to have lived a long life, rich with experiences and secrets, and what one should do with that as the years close in. The film is meditative, beautifully filmed and engrossing – rarely in the movies are the lives of older people treated with such respect or examined with such sincere interest.
And the Birds Rained Down won the 2020 Canadian Screen Award for Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Rémy Girard), the Festival Prize for Best Canadian Feature at the 2020 Victoria Film Festival and director Louise Archambault took the Dragon Award in the International Competition at the 2020 Göteborg Film Festival.
“This eco-friendly, elegantly delivered tale about the sunset changes in the lives of a trio of graybeards living in the woods is engaging, thought-provoking and ultimately moving…” – Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter.
“Touching, heartbreaking, and dangerously thought-provoking, And the Birds Rained Down will force you to re-examine your relationship with yourself, the world around you, and the people you love.” – Anne T. Donahue, Globe and Mail.
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