Strange Birds

Directed by Élise Girard
MPM Premium
2016
70 Minutes
France
French, Italian
Comedy, Drama
Not Rated
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Mavie is 27 years old. She is clumsy, beautiful and full of doubts, looking for her path in life. George is 76 years old. He is a lonely and cynic librarian who doesn’t expect a thing from life. The two of them, together, form an unconventional friendship, where love takes on many forms, and changes their parallel divergent ways.

  • Highest Rating
    "...charming and entrancing..."
    Sean Gallen, The Upcoming
  • Highest Rating
    "A lilting ode to serendipity and the consequences of long-ago actions, writer-director Elise Girard’s bittersweet comedy Strange Birds (Drôles d’oiseaux) is a modest but delightful mystery that interweaves romance, literature, ecological concerns and the eternal beauty of Paris with a light touch."
    Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily
  • Highest Rating
    "Strange Birds is a charming film in a very French sense, but without the pretentiousness. At only 70 minutes long, it gives the audience an engaging and, at times, surprising story...."
    Vladan Petković, Cineuropa
  • Highest Rating
    "[A]n involving and emotionally satisfying work. What it offers is an authentic exploration of a relationship between two mismatched individuals who are drawn to one another not by the readily understandable force of desire, but by something far more subtle and profound."
    James Travers, FrenchFilms.org

Awards & Recognition

Official Selection
Berlin Int'l. Film Festival
Official Selection
Mill Valley Film Festival