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  • Summary: In a Paris airport zone, two strangers try to make sense out of their lives: an American engineer under great professional and emotional pressure who decides to radically change the course of his existence, and a young hotel chambermaid who goes through a life-altering supernatural experience.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Sep 11, 2014
    100
    There are plot twists, and then there is what Ms. Ferran does here, which is to transform — impetuously, improbably and altogether marvelously — this somber, realistic tale into something else entirely.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Sep 10, 2014
    91
    It’s also just magnificently goofy, unafraid to court ridicule and confident enough to take captivating detours.
  3. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Sep 9, 2014
    90
    Firmly rooted in everyday particulars — primarily the transactions (business, emotional, or otherwise) facilitated by the time- and space-obliterating devices to which we are constantly tethered — Ferran's movie dares to venture, for much of its second half, into fantasy.
  4. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Sep 8, 2014
    63
    Pascale Ferran's film isn't daring enough to fully embrace the narrative fragmentation that it sporadically assumes.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    May 26, 2014
    60
    Where the film goes is both unexpected and necessary, since however grounded and relatable these thinly detailed characters might be, the movie doesn’t actually seem to be going anywhere.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Sep 12, 2014
    50
    Demoustier is a charming young actress. And there are clearly interesting ideas taking flight here. It’s the execution of the flight plan that keeps them from reaching their destination.
  7. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Sep 11, 2014
    40
    The best moments in Bird People soar to such heights that you almost want to forgive the parts that amount to mere droppings.

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