Birdwatchers

"Excellent"

Birdwatchers Review


Beautifully shot and performed with the authenticity of a documentary, this involving drama has a lot to say about human progress in rural Brazil, although its off-handed story and slow pace might alienate some audiences.

Osvaldo (Pedro) is a young Guarani whose dreams seem to be coming true, so he begins his training as a shaman. But a nasty event spurs the leader of the nomadic group, Nadio (Vilhava), to move to a new location on the side of a large farm owned by a man of European descent (Medeiros). This sets the two communities in conflict: the wealthy landowners and the indigenous people who are watching their land and lifestyle disappear.

Filmmaker Bechis sharply captures the realities of life in this part of the world, with its blend of old and new customs. For the Guarani, the spirits live among them, and they adapt to modern life even as they retain their traditions.

Their rich history gives them the right to cross private land to get to their hunting grounds--after all, it belonged to them before the foreigners stole it.

And these kinds of clashes are only part of the story.

The film is punctuated by eerie suicides, as bodies of young people are found hanging in the jungle. Is this indicative of frustration and hopelessness about the future? Is it a protest against injustice? Or is it a symptom of the emptiness of a people group that has lost its way? Whatever it is, the images are thoroughly haunting and unsettling, and subtly remind us of the pointless deaths of young people in our Western cities.

And it's this kind of insight that makes this film vitally important. Not only is it a compelling little drama, packed with characters who are vivid and involving (the women are hilariously matter-of-fact), it's also a clever "eco-drama", looking at big issues of global economy and social justice. And beyond that, it captures something even more profound about human nature and the need for connection and respect.



Birdwatchers

Facts and Figures

Run time: 104 mins

In Theaters: Friday 28th November 2008

Distributed by: 01 Distribution

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Fresh: 23 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Marco Bechis

Producer: Marco Bechis, Caio Gullane, Fabiano Gullane, Amedeo Pagani

Starring: Taiane Arce as Kinha, Alicélia Batista Cabreira as Lia, as Beatrice, César Chedid as Farmer

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Churchill Movie Review

Churchill Movie Review

This drama about the iconic British prime minister tells a darkly personal story set over...

Gifted Movie Review

Gifted Movie Review

This is one of those films that dances right up to the edge of soapy...

Whitney: Can I Be Me Movie Review

Whitney: Can I Be Me Movie Review

Notorious British filmmaker Nick Broomfield teams up with Austrian music documentary producer Rudi Dolezal to...

The Mummy Movie Review

The Mummy Movie Review

To launch their new Dark Universe franchise, Universal has taken an approach that mixes murky...

My Cousin Rachel Movie Review

My Cousin Rachel Movie Review

Daphne du Maurier's 1951 mystery-romance novel has been adapted for theatre, radio, TV and film,...

Wilson Movie Review

Wilson Movie Review

It's never helpful when a comedy becomes a bit too smug about its own quirkiness....

Interlude in Prague Movie Review

Interlude in Prague Movie Review

A fictionalised story from the life of Wolfgang Mozart, this lavishly produced period drama is...

Advertisement
The Hippopotamus Movie Review

The Hippopotamus Movie Review

This British satirical comedy may be a bit of a mess, but since it's based...

Detour Movie Review

Detour Movie Review

This may look like a rather typical American indie thriller, but British filmmaker Christopher Smith...

Wonder Woman Movie Review

Wonder Woman Movie Review

Boldly optimistic, this action-packed adventure breathes fresh life into the DC universe with a welcome...

Baywatch Movie Review

Baywatch Movie Review

Clearly, it's a risky proposition adapting a cheesy vintage TV series for the big screen:...

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Movie Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Movie Review

Subtitled Salazar's Revenge in the UK, this fifth film in the long-running series never quite...

Colossal Movie Review

Colossal Movie Review

It's rare to find a movie that so defiantly refuses to be put into a...

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

It's unlikely that Guy Ritchie could make a boring movie if he wanted to. This...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.