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Bird People DVD Review

Bird People DVD

“Bird People” is a pretentious bore.

Set in Paris, “Bird People” is essentially the story of two characters (Gary and Audrey) that are at major turning points in their lives. Gary is an anxiety ridden American on a business trip who decides to quit his job and leave his family behind. Audrey is a young, lost, lonely woman working as a maid at the Hilton hotel (where Gary is staying). There’s a little more to the story than that, but I won’t dare spoil it for those who want to see it.

After witnessing 5 minutes of random people’s thoughts, it seemed as if “Bird People” was going to be a meandering, arty movie. This prediction was only solidified by the rest of the scenes that followed.

For the first 81 minutes, “Bird People” is a Jim Jarmusch wannabe character piece about the monotony of life, connections, decisions, freedom, change, and finding yourself. In this time period, the film moves at a snail’s pace and contains uncinematic scenes with Gary dealing with matters on a phone or computer and Audrey cleaning hotel rooms. At the 82 minute mark, however, “Bird People” becomes a different movie entirely and not for the better. This weird shift in the story feels absurd as the film’s fantasy and symbolism becomes laughable and cringe worthy.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1. Despite the fact that much of the “action” takes place in hotel rooms, there is some impressive cinematography here. Easily the best part of the entire film.

Audio Track: English/French Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? Even though there are long stretches of the movie without dialogue, this track still delivers.

The only extras include IFC Film trailers and a “Bird People” trailer.

Overall Thoughts: “Bird People” tries too hard to get its ideas across.

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March 18, 2015 - Posted by | DVD review |

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