Winged Migration (Le Peuple Migrateur)
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While practically everyone is aware of the fact that birds fly south for the winter, and return home in the spring, few are aware of just how arduous the journey can be. Jacques Perrin, a noted actor and film producer in his native France, decided to document this process, using flocks of birds who had been trained to ignore the distractions of his camera crew, and employing a variety of state-of-the-art technology to capture as unobtrusively as possible the flight paths of different birds from around the globe. The result was Winged Migration, a visually dazzling documentary that records the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"After seeing these natural wonders, the elaborate special effects of such films as The Hulk and The Matrix Reloaded will seem like cheap parlor tricks."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"A film that will leave you dreaming about what it would be like to step off the edge of the world and discover you could fly."
‑ John Pancake, Washington Post
"As pretty and light as a feather on the wind."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The Oscar-nominated "Winged Migration" is a virtuosi technical achievement in documentary filmmaking due to its astonishingly intimate photography of the migrations of numerous species of birds across the earth's northern and southern hemispheres."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Winged Migration must be the most subversive G-rated film ever."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"The photography is radiant."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"A life-affirming story that's enthralling, inspiring and poignant."
‑ , Houston Chronicle
"Jacques Perrin's spectacular documentary takes observation a step further as he literally seems to take flight with flocks of birds as they make their annual migration."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Utilizing sky divers, ultralights, helicopters, planes, etc., the filmmakers litterally have you flying with the birds. It makes for a heady, enjoyable ride."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"The material seems shapeless... no question was raised that might have held me... And maybe Born Free was a documentary, too."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Flight as sheer freedom couldn't be better demonstrated."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It's a beautiful and oddly restful experience."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Filmed with exceptional care and remarkable photographic ingenuity, no other nature documentary is as personal and as close-up as this one to the peculiarities of birds."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"The point of this true-life adventure is not the dissemination of information but the instilling of a sense of awe in the viewer ..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"There's no better tribute to the beauty of flight than Jacques Perrin's lighter-than-air documentary wonder."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
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