Strange Birds (Drôles d'oiseaux)


Rafael 2 Sat, Oct 14, 2017 5:30 PM
Century Larkspur 3 Sun, Oct 15, 2017 11:00 AM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:70 min.
Premiere Status:North American
Director:Elise Girard
Producer:Janja Kralj
Screenwriter:Elise Girard
Anne-Louise Trividic
Cinematographer:Renato Berta
Editor:Thomas Glaser
Cast:Lolita Chammah
Jean Sorel
Virginie Ledoyen
Pascal Cervo
Note Writer:Jesse Knight


Intoxication is in the air—literally—in this romantic and charmingly offbeat second feature from writer-director Élise Girard. Lonely aspiring writer Mavie (Lolita Chammah, daughter of cinema icon Isabelle Huppert) arrives in Paris with her cat Jacques, a notebook, and a suitcase full of uncertainty. After landing a job at an antique bookstore run by curmudgeonly septuagenarian Georges (Jean Sorel), the shy twentysomething discovers the two have more in common than their age gap suggests, igniting a simmering connection that breaks down their emotional walls. In her follow-up to the 2010 minimalist drama Belleville-Tokyo, Girard imbues Paris with a mysterious and fanciful edge, a place that’s easy to find but difficult to escape, particularly for the seagulls that begin mysteriously dropping from the sky. Chammah brings a radiant warmth to contrast legendary French actor Sorel’s brusque but endearing misanthrope in this playfully surreal and unconventional love story.