Posted by: greercn | October 11, 2012

L’Oiseau (The Bird)

There are images from this beautiful film that are so true and deep that those pictures will stay with you for a long time.

Just a warning; if you are a natural blockbuster fan, the pace of this requires an attention span. It’s rewarding, but you need to be engaged with it to really enjoy it as much as I did.

Understanding some French helps too, although the subtitles are generally good. Still, there are a few bloopers. I am certain that “marraine”, in this context, is “godmother” and not “queen”. We are hearing about Sleeping Beauty in this scene, after all.

Shown as part of the Discover Tuesdays film series, which showcases rarely-shown or remastered treasures, the Stratford Picturehouse audience was fairly full and completely engrossed, from start to finish.  What I love about Discover Tuesdays is just about everything. I have never seen a duff film and every single one has offered a truly different cinema experience.

I continue to be grateful to the inspiring programming team at Picturehouse who manage to balance big and little films in adjoining screening rooms, providing a place for the mainstream viewer as well as for the discerning critic.

There was only one guy who thought he was going to see a Hitchcock movie called “The Birds” and he stayed and enjoyed this a lot, or so he told me.

Sandrine Kiberlain is our heroine Anne, who lives a solitary life between work, home and cinema. She adopts a lost bird. We gradually learn her story. Kiberlain’s face and body reflect every attenuated emotion and struggle and it is an outstanding performance within an impressive cast.

Clement Sibony, Mirela Sofroneo and Stephanie Cassignard all have moments that move the plot forward.

Yves Caumon directed and wrote this and he has a beautiful knack of creating pastoral scenes in the heart of France’s sixth-largest city of Bordeaux. Catering detail, graveyard views and cinema queues – it all grabs your heart and pulls you in.

If you wonder what ever happened to depth in film, go see this. You’ll ache, in a good way.


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