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Winged Migration (2001)

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

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Philippe Labro ... Narrator (English version)
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Storyline

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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29 August 2003 (USA)  »

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Budget:

FRF 160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,128, 20 April 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,762,178, 14 December 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,217,080, 6 November 2003
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Jacques Perrin says in his commentary that his team tried to include emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) in the film, but weather conditions interfered, so they had to be satisfied with king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) instead. Some years later, the makers of March of the Penguins (2005) succeeded in making an emperor penguin movie. See more »

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Narrator: The story of bird migration is the story of promise - a promise to return.
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Referenced in Dikkenek (2006) See more »

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Hors Champ
( "Off Camera")
Performed by Robert Wyatt
Music Composed and orchestrated by Bruno Coulais
(P) & © 2001 Galatée Films
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a slight disappointment
16 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

This film has been awaited all over France for quite a while. It is extremely well done and there are some splendid shots of migrating birds from well-known locations in France to less-known places far away. What I find missing in this beautiful documentary is a cohesive narrative. There are unexpected jumps from one shot to another, captions are neither here nor there, and they are so minute that you need binoculars to read them! It is a great shame that such a rich source of material, exquisite photography, was not properly edited and commented on.


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