Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents.

Directors:

Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud (co-director) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Jean Dorst (collaboration), Stéphane Durand | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Philippe Labro Philippe Labro ... Narrator (English version)
Jacques Perrin ... Narrator (voice)
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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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Documentary

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: The story of bird migration is the story of promise - a promise to return.
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Connections

Referenced in A Very Long Engagement (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

La Forêt Rouge
("The Red Forest")
Performed by Robert Wyatt
Music Composed and orchestrated by Bruno Coulais
(P) & © 2001 Galatée Films
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Incomparable Beauty
18 November 2003 | by john_murdoch2002See all my reviews

Each shot of this pheonominal documentary has been painstakingly worked on for over four years and it shows in one of the most beautiful and moving cinematic experiences I've ever witnessed. This is a documentary that celebrates and illustrates the beauty in life through a new set of eyes that we've never used before. For those of us who can't be globe trotters, for those of us who admire the tremendous live show that nature puts on for us every day, and for those of us who have always dreamed of flying, this is the movie to sit back and take in this wonderful experience. Some of the images are so beautiful to witness, they may move you to tears out of sheer beauty. How many scripted movies can do that?

This should have won Best Documentary.


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Country:

France | Germany | Switzerland | Spain | Italy

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

29 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Winged Migration See more »

Filming Locations:

Monument Valley, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,128, 20 April 2003

Gross USA:

$11,689,053

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,128,314
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Sound Mix:

DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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