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Il pleuvait des oiseaux

Directed by Louise Archambault
Canada, 2019 (fiction, 127 minutes, colour, French)
Also known as "And the Birds Rained Down", "Y llovieron pájaros"

Film Description:
"As acclaimed director Louise Archambault's elegiac and charming And the Birds Rained Down opens, we meet three hermits living in cabins in the Quebec countryside, miles from civilization. Tom (Rémy Girard), Charlie (Gilbert Sicotte), and Ted (Kenneth Welsh) fled society years ago, and have eked out a back-to-the-land existence, selling pot to the closest locals with help from local hotelier Stephen (Éric Robidoux). But their lifestyle is increasingly endangered by nature, infirmity, and age. Ted collapses from a heart attack. Photographer/ researcher Ange-Aimée (Eve Landry) threatens to disrupt their lives when she starts looking for survivors of a catastrophic blaze that happened decades ago, most notably Ted, whose actions during the fire have assumed heroic stature. A poignant meditation on the possibilities of living outside modernity, And the Birds Rained Down is a tribute to the need to live independently and on one's own terms—and to those courageous enough to pursue this. [...]"
-- Steve Gravestock (source)

Film Description [in French] :
"Trois vieux ermites vivent reclus dans le bois. Alors que des incendies de forêt menacent la région, leur quotidien sera bousculé par la mort de leur doyen, Boychuck, et l'arrivée d'une octogénaire qui a été injustement internée toute sa vie. Une photographe mandatée pour interviewer les témoins des feux les plus meurtriers de l'époque, trouve leur repaire. Les deux femmes feront l'étonnante découverte de centaines de tableaux de Boychuck, qui racontent son passé tragique lors de ces feux."
-- Québec Cinéma (source)


Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Louise Archambault
Based on: Il pleuvait des oiseaux, a novel by Jocelyne Saucier
Produced by: Ginette Petit, Nathalie Bissonnette
Principal Cast: Andrée Lachapelle, Rémy Girard, Gilbert Sicotte, Eve Landry, Éric Robidoux
Cinematography: Mathieu Laverdière
Film Editing: Richard Comeau
Music: Andréa Bélanger, David Ratté
Production Company: Les Films Outsiders
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