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Winged Migration (2001)

Le peuple migrateur (original title)
Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents.

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This documentary introduces the viewer of "Winged Migration" to the people behind what its makers call "the tale," a combination of fiction and truth. The movie was storyboarded and the ... See full summary »

Director: Olli Barbé
Stars: Jacques Perrin
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This documentary follows several species of migratory birds over a four year filming period. These birds travel several hundreds if not thousands of miles toward the equator in the autumn, and make the return journey to their higher latitude summer homes in the spring, always taking the same route, using the natural compasses of the universe, the stars, to find their way. Some species, like the arctic tern, even fly from pole to pole. These long and often torturous treks are a matter of survival, to live in a hospitable climate and find sources of food. With the exception of migratory penguins, travel over oceans is especially difficult as the birds have little refuge unless there is something floating on the water, such as a ship, on which to land. Otherwise they must continue flying until they reach land. Some will not survive the migration due to predators, including man, illness or injury. Although the migrations themselves are done as a community, once the birds reach their ... Written by Huggo

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Budget:

FRF 160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,402,605 (France) (14 December 2001)

Gross:

$10,762,178 (USA) (12 December 2003)
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Filmmakers exposed the eggs of some of the birds to the sounds of people and film cameras so that the birds would not be afraid of them later. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: The story of bird migration is the story of promise - a promise to return.
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Edited into A Very Long Engagement (2004) See more »

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Le Vol Des Cygnes
("The Swans Flight")
Music Composed and orchestrated by Bruno Coulais
(P) & © 2001 Galatée Films
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A reminder of how beautiful the world is without humans
17 March 2004 | by (Mexico City, Mexico) – See all my reviews

A great documentary, where we can forget for an hour and a half that the humans are destroying the magnificent planet in which we live. An extraordinary film, great landscapes, great birds. Perhaps you will become a> birdwatcher after seeing this.

Strongly recommendable for people who want to rest from violence, corruption, and all mankind in general. It is refreshing to the soul.

If you have the chance of viewing the dvd, don't miss the making of the movie. It is one of the films you enjoy more after watching the extraordinary way they come up to film it.


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