1 nomination. See more awards »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Exiles (2004)
Adventure | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two French lovers, Zano and Naima, decided to travel to the land of their parents: Algeria. Their road trip gradually becomes a spiritual quest.

Director: Tony Gatlif
Stars: Romain Duris, Lubna Azabal, Zouhir Gacem
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A man is looking for a singer he had heard on cassette. He finds much more.

Director: Tony Gatlif
Stars: Romain Duris, Rona Hartner, Izidor Serban
Korkoro (2009)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A Gypsy family travels the French roads during the Second World War, followed by Little Claude, a young boy seeking a new family after his parents "left and never returned". Upon reaching a... See full summary »

Director: Tony Gatlif
Stars: Marc Lavoine, Marie-Josée Croze, James Thierrée
Swing I (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Max is on holiday at his grandmother's place in the Elzas in France. He's fascinated by the guitar playing of gypsy Miraldo. In exchange for writing letters to the social security ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Gatlif
Stars: Oscar Copp, Lou Rech, Tchavolo Schmitt
Vengo (2000)
Musical | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Caco is a proud, handsome man, head of a family, and very powerful in the local community. Yet he has been torn to pieces by the death of his beloved daughter. He constantly visits her ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Gatlif
Stars: Antonio Canales, Orestes Villasan Rodríguez, Antonio Dechent
Latcho Drom (1993)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The journey of the Romany people told through musicians and dancers of India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and Spain.

Director: Tony Gatlif
Stars: La Caita
Transylvania (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Zingarina, who is two-month pregnant, travels from France to Transylvania with her friend Marie to seek out her lover Milan Agustin that was deported from France. They hire the guide and ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Gatlif
Stars: Asia Argento, Amira Casar, Birol Ünel
Mondo (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Mondo is a homeless young boy, with a big smile, who wanders around Nice looking for food and a place to sleep.

Director: Tony Gatlif
Stars: Ovidiu Balan, Philippe Petit, Pierrette Fesch
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A portrait of a woman, composed of 17 moments from her life.

Director: Christophe Honoré
Stars: Béatrice Dalle, Romain Duris, Jeanne Balibar
Geronimo I (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

South of France. In the sultry August heat, Geronimo, a young social educator, tries to ease tensions between the youngsters of the St Pierre neighborhood. The mood changes when Nil Terzi, ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Gatlif
Stars: Céline Sallette, Rachid Yous, David Murgia
Persécution (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The solitary Daniel and Sonia share an uneasy love/hate relationship. Daniel's life is disrupted by the appearance of a stranger that proceeds to insinuate himself in his life. The man's ... See full summary »

Director: Patrice Chéreau
Stars: Romain Duris, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jean-Hugues Anglade
Déjà mort (1998)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An ambitious young woman meets a group of affluent and feckless guys and together they plan to break into the pornographic industry with her as their star.

Director: Olivier Dahan
Stars: Romain Duris, Benoît Magimel, Zoé Félix


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ouassini Embarek ...
Christine Pignet ...
La mère d'Otto
Marc Nouyrigat ...
Le tonton critique
Muse Dalbray ...
Madame Moulin
La voisine
Daniel Laloux ...
Max Morel ...
Le commissaire de police
Tony Librizzi ...
Le patron du salon de coiffure
Jacqueline Jabbour ...
La cliente râleuse
Maamar Berrah ...
Yakoub Abdelatif ...
Le père d'Ali
Hervé Pauchon ...
Le présentateur du Festival
Alain Martigny ...
Le patron du resto


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis


See all certifications »




Release Date:

24 November 1999 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Children of the Stork  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Beautiful chaos
24 June 2010 | by (Deutschland) – See all my reviews

"Children of the stork" is a completely off-the-rails road movie that deals with some potent social and political issues, while it entertains. It succeeds at doing both, and the end result is an unforgettable look at three young rebels, who take to the open road, when they discover a stork, who turns out to be an illegal Arab immigrant, hiding out in France. (Yes, I said a stork..) Together they will try to get the stork to the German border, where it will be safe. It is nuts, but it all makes sense, and it is not as innocent and harmless as it sounds. Mixed in with the comic moments, is some very angry feelings concerning France's treatment of Arabs, mainly Algerians, who have come to make a life for themselves while holding onto their own identity. Having a knowledge of the French/Algerian conflict will help a lot in understanding the meanings and messages of this amazing film. About the film itself, it is brilliantly edited, and is quite often beautiful to look at. The camera is constantly catching moments at all angles, and quick cuts and editing give the production a frenetic and urgent quality. The cast of the three friends are all great, and Ouassini Embarek as the Algerian teen who leaves his family after they try to strip him of his north African heritage and his religion, is especially great here. Apparently this film is dedicated to one Algerian man who snuck over the French border by hiding under a truck, hence the storyline of the displaced stork. This surreal, and unforgettable film is a fine tribute to this man, as well as a savage attack on capitalism, police brutality, nationalism and the oppression of all human freedom. A unique and important piece of cinema that will take some effort to find, but it is worth it.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
French DVD Derran
Discuss Je suis né d'une cigogne (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: