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Bird People

Parallel Alienations, thoughts on “Bird People” (2014, France)

“Compare and contrast” is a great framing tool for essay writing. I rarely saw it implemented in films though, which is exactly how “Bird People”–a 2014 French film directed by Pascale Ferran–is built up. The movie is framed with an amazing opening scene and a redemptive closing one. The two, taken together, help create the meaning for the film. In the first few minutes, we can observe people commuting and hearing their inner thoughts. What we are really exposed to is how everyone lives in their own bubble, despite sharing physical space with others. The long sequence of few second thoughts are mostly just banalities, but together they make up a story about us people, who are different yet with similar concerns.

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