Birds of Passage (Pájaros de Verano)

Birds of Passage (Pájaros de Verano)

(Pájaros de verano)
(2018)

Spanish crime drama about an indigenous Colombian family who end up in a dangerous battle for business and control during the marijuana bonanza - a hostile decade that kickstarted drug trafficking in Colombia.

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The Guajira Peninsula sticks out into the Caribbean Sea on the border between Colombia and Venezuela. It varies from dry desert-like conditions in the north to humid jungles in the south. Cannabis grows quite well in the jungle. It is the home of the Wayuu people.

Birds of Passage is a story covering 20 years from the 1960s to 1980s of how a young man and his relatives get involved in selling cannabis to Americans and what the massive influx of cash does to their relationships with each... More other.

Birds of Passage is visually beautiful and simple film with an escalating body count.Hide


The Press Reviews

  • While certain genre tendencies prevent the narrative from truly unmooring, hardly a scene goes by without something fundamentally familiar being rendered in a unique fashion. Full Review

  • Intelligently and assuredly explores how longstanding traditions can be gradually upended by drugs, money and outside influences. Full Review

  • A south-of-the-border drug epic like you've never seen before... Full Review

  • You feel for these fathers, mothers and children as they endure their mythic rise and fall, but the ruthless, eternal cycle of violence begetting violence leaves no room for sentimentality. Full Review

  • A gripping saga which traces the birth of the narcotrafficking industry which gutted Colombian society, the follow up to Embrace Of The Serpent brings a fresh perspective, rejecting the overly familiar tropes of gangster movie. Full Review