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      Until the Birds Return

      2017 1h 53m Drama List
      75% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 67% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Past and present collide in the lives of a newly wealthy property developer, an ambitious neurologist impeded by wartime wrongdoings and a young woman torn between the path of reason and sentiment. Read More Read Less

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      Devika Girish New York Times As its characters traverse the country's crisscrossing motorways, "Until the Birds Return" locates the singular moments that form the nodes of a shared national history. Apr 30, 2020 Full Review Jordan Mintzer Hollywood Reporter An intriguing first feature from writer-director Karim Moussaoui that explores the damaged emotional landscape of his homeland. May 23, 2017 Full Review Harvey S. Karten Big Apple Reviews A trio of minimally connected stories amid the background of a prosperous looking Algeria. Rated: B+ Apr 21, 2020 Full Review Oktay Ege Kozak Paste Magazine The switch in narrative is so seamless and organic, the camera a fly on the wall that just happens to attach itself to the next random individual. Rated: 7.8/10 Apr 15, 2020 Full Review Kyle Kohner The Playlist Missing the crucial connective chord that ties it all together, the filmmaker inadvertently does a huge disservice to the culture he clearly holds so dearly. Rated: D+ Oct 23, 2018 Full Review Amber Wilkinson Eye for Film Like so many anthology films, it suffers from the fact that the sections are uneven, with the middle segment soaring high above the two bookend stories. Rated: 3/5 Mar 29, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member not interested in watching Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member A Beautifully constructed film showcasing the lives of three people or three stories interconnected in the vastness of the Algerian landscape. This film gives us a clear peak into the life and times of these ordinary characters as they face the hardships of modern times. Karim Moussaoui gets right to the center of modern Algerian society touching upon it's civil war back drop and cultural contextual nature in such a fascinating manner. It's hard to not be invested in the central drama and conflict set against these characters within the film's concentrated three act structure. The film focuses on themes such as guilt, responsibility, love and honest living, aided by it's stunning cinematography to bring out it's deserted setting, fine direction, and well written and acted characters, it's the most unique cinematic experience I've from a country I've never really paid attention to let alone aware it even had much of a film industry. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Past and present collide in the lives of a newly wealthy property developer, an ambitious neurologist impeded by wartime wrongdoings and a young woman torn between the path of reason and sentiment.
      Director
      Karim Moussaoui
      Producer
      David Thion, Philippe Martin
      Screenwriter
      Karim Moussaoui, Maud Ameline
      Production Co
      CADC, arte France Cinéma, Les Films Pelléas, NiKo Film, Prolégomènes, MK2 Films
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 28, 2020
      Runtime
      1h 53m
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