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AND THE BIRDS RAINED DOWN (IL PLEAUVAIT DES OISEAUX)

AND THE BIRDS RAINED DOWN (IL PLEAUVAIT DES OISEAUX)

Louise Archambault · Canada · 2019 · 127 mins · PG · French with subtitles
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Louise Archambault’s gently paced and unexpectedly deep film centres on a trio of grey-bearded hermits living in the conifer forests on the edge of a remote Quebec lake. Each of the three men has come to live in these shacks in the bush for his own reasons: Charlie fled a cancer diagnosis, bar singer Tom may be trying to distance himself from booze, and Ted retreated after losing his family to the Great Fires that ravaged the region unspecified decades ago. These men don’t like outsiders. But their bucolic world gets disrupted when visitors arrive. A young man, Steve, is bringing his elderly aunt Gertrude who’s refusing to return to her longtime psychiatric facility.

The most touching moments belong to Charlie and Gertrude, who gradually form a bond, him gently showing her how to live life outside the walls of an institution. The octagenarians’ subtle lessons about living in the moment should translate easily to anyone decades younger.—The Georgia Straight
“Poignant, touching, and profoundly moving.” That Shelf
“Heartbreaking, and dangerously thought-provoking, And the Birds Rained Down will force you to re-examine your relationship with yourself, the world around you, and the people you love.” The Globe and Mail
Cast Andrée Lachapelle, Gilbert Sicotte, Rémy Girard
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