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The Bird (L'Oiseau)

The Bird

The Bird (L'Oiseau)

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Sandrine Kiberlain, Clement Sibony, Bruno Todeschini

year: 2011

colour: yes

certificate: 12A

director: Yves Caumon

runtime: 94

This beautifully crafted character study follows the elusive Anne (Sandrine Kiberlain, MADEMOISELLE CHAMBON) who lives alone in a tiny Bordeaux flat and what would appear isolated from the rest of the world. Cold and withdrawn with work colleagues and cut off from friends, Anne spends her nights alone either at the cinema or shut away in her apartment. But with the arrival of an uninvited avian houseguest, Anne is forced to question her introverted existence and confront a profound grief that hangs over her. 
Driven by Kiberlain’s astonishingly committed performance, Celine Bozon’s graceful photography and a style that is at once elegantly minimal and rich in emotion and ambiguity, the film moves towards a quietly devastating conclusion that is both profoundly moving and optimistic. THE BIRD is a must-see for fans of quality Art House cinema.
Sandrine Kilberlain has been nominated for six Cesar awards, winning Most Promising Actress in 1996 for En avoir (ou pas). Her credits include Polisse and her memorable lead role in Claude Miller’s Alias Betty.


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