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Bird People (2014)



Critic Consensus: Bird People is admirably ambitious, but its handful of high-flying moments don't add up to a consistently compelling film.

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In an airport hotel on the outskirts of Paris, a Silicon Valley engineer (The Good Wife star Josh Charles) abruptly chucks his job, breaks things off with his wife, and holes up in his room. As fate draws him and a young French maid (Anais Demoustier) together, an audacious second-act surprise suddenly transforms César Award-winning director Pascale Ferran's (Lady Chatterley) dark-tinged fairy-tale into something altogether richer, more beguiling, and utterly astonishing. (C) Sundance Selects

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Radha Mitchell
as Elisabeth
Akéla Sari
as Madame Baccar
Mathieu Amalric
as The Narrator
Anne Azoulay
as Melle Lhomond
Clark Johnson
as McCullan
Philippe Duclos
as Audrey's Father
Kate Moran
as Gary's Sister
Akéla Sari
as Mme Baccar
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Critic Reviews for Bird People

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (15)

People are just like birds, this French drama asserts-over and over again, with mind-numbing obviousness, until you might feel like spreading your wings and flying away yourself.

November 6, 2014 | Full Review…

An airport hotel may not seem the most inspiring of locations for a story of life-changing consequence, but French filmmaker Pascale Ferran's delicate, compassionate "Bird People" is just that sort of risk-taking existential adventure.

September 25, 2014 | Full Review…

The vehicle for the message feels haphazard, as if Ferran were trying to create a patchwork of various film types rather than one cohesive piece.

September 25, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Bird People has ideas about nature, human and otherwise. It's got a sense of romantic wonder.

September 24, 2014 | Full Review…

At the risk of taking the avian symbolism a step too far, I'd wager that telegraphing one's intentions to interrogate the realities of 21st-century dislocation only to settle for hands-across-the-water truisms seems a little chicken.

September 15, 2014 | Full Review…

An artful experiment that only half works.

September 15, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bird People


Interesting movie. Both connected and unconnected. For a 2014 movie, everyone sure smokes a lot.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer


There's a moment, about 2/3 of the way in, that will either win you over completely or lose you. I can't say much more for fear of spoiling it, but sufficed to say I'm firmly in the former camp as it blows up the story in such an exciting way without being inconsistent with the rest of the film.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer


In "Bird People," Gary Newman(Josh Charles) arrives in Paris for a meeting that goes well enough. It is that night when things start to not go so well for him. It turns out that his sleeplessness is not just jet lag, as it proceeds to anxiety. But he soon finds comfort in a cigarette with Simon(Roschdy Zem) who works the front desk. The following day Gary does not get on the plane for Dubai as originally planned, setting in motion a chain of events that includes his immediate resignation from his job. In the meantime, Audrey(Anais Demoustier) goes about her duties as a maid without any idea of this, after having left university. There is a thin line between inspired and magical and just pure bonkers. With her film "Bird People," director Pascale Ferran manages to walk that line well enough, while also conveying multiple points of view. Those concern the various and sundry people at an airport hotel, especially those workers invisible even when in plain sight. It is only the lucky like Gary who are able to choose how long they stay or simply move on. To his credit, there may be more to Gary than just an empty suit, even if he drinks and smokes too much, as least judging by his reading material of JG Ballard who reportedly wrote about alienation not unlike some of which we see here. On the other hand, the movie does say it is okay to be alone, and that one cannot live on Toblerones alone.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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