Saturday, August 20, 2016

Bird People 2014

     Gary Newman travels from San Jose to Paris.  He is there for business meetings and he will fly to Dubai the day after the meeting.  His hotel is right next to the airport runway and he can see the planes landing and taking off from his room.  Of course, he’s suffering from jet lag and he does speak some French but he has an interpreter at the meeting.  Gary is up in the night and he starts to make some life changing plans.  In the morning, he calls his company and tells them he is quitting his job and he doesn’t get on his flight to Dubai.  He calls his wife and tells her he has quit his job, he is also quitting their marriage and he has two children.  He says he just cannot do this anymore. 
     I’m not sure the changes Gary wants to make are in his best interest and if he has thoroughly thought them through?  He does grieve over causing others pain.  Despite these surprising major changes in his life during the course of this film, everything else seems to be on track.  Then, suddenly everything changes and this film gets really unusual and it is about birds.  3* (This movie is OK)

127 min, Comedy directed by Pascale Ferran with Josh Charles, Anais Demoustier, Roschdy Zem, Taklyt Vongdara, Geoffrey Cantor, Camelia Jordana, Radha Mitchell.

Note:  Imdb 6.1 out of 10, 58% critic 41% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2*, Amazon 2.5* out of 5* with 22 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed in Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport and New York.  Josh Charles played the role of law partner Will Gardner for a long time on the TV series The Good Wife.  Pascale Ferran, the director decided to cast Josh Charles because she was impressed with his performance in the series In Treatment as Jake for 9 episodes in 2008.

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