Rent Birds of Passage (2018)

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"Birds of Passage" is a tale about indigenous traditions and the corrupting forces of wealth and power, set against the backdrop of the Colombian marijuana boom of the 1970's. A film of both gangsters and spirits, corruption and fratricidal war, this is a thrilling depiction of the origins of the drug trade told through the story of an indigenous Wayuu family's downfall when greed, passion and honour collide, putting their lives, culture and ancestral traditions at stake.
Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, , Jhon Narváez, Greider Meza, José Vicente, Juan Bautista Martínez, Miguel Viera, Sergio Coen, Aslenis Márquez, José Naider, Yanker Díaz, Víctor Montero, Joaquín Ramón, Jorge Lascarro, Germán Epieyu, Luisa Alfaro, Merija Uriana, , Natalia Pinzón
Cristina Gallego, Katrin Pors
Maria Camila Arias, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal, Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra
Pájaros de verano
Curzon / Artificial Eye
Drama, Thrillers
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Run Time:
122 minutes
English, Spanish, Wayuu
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1

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Reviews (2) of Birds of Passage

Dark but brilliant. - Birds of Passage review by TE

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This is a highly original take on the familiar theme of Family and Drug Cartels.

By going back to the early years of the drug trade between Latin American countries and the USA, Gallego is able to explore the grey areas between family traditions and capitalist business. As in real life, it is the latter that wins out, and by the end we could be watching any given episode of Narcos.

The rule of business and violence is reflected in the changes of dress, homes and language. However, the older spirits are never completely banished, as can be seen in the quietly constant presence of significant birds.

The prevailing message of the film is that we never learn and that cycles of revenge and greed produce a bitter nihilism.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Outstanding! - Birds of Passage review by DB

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An unusual film about an indigenous Indian tribe in Columbia who continue to believe in ancient spirits and customs while exploiting, and hugely profiting from, the international demand for illicit drugs. Brilliantly acted by all and beautifully filmed but quite violent and lawless, with corrupt police and no rule of law, even though set in the 1970s.

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