Winged Migration: Renan Marzin
Missy Schwartz
November 21, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Winged Migration

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
runtime
89 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/18/03
director
Jacques Perrin
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Jacques Perrin
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A-

Birds eat. Birds swim. Occasionally, birds scuffle. But mostly, birds just fly. And as Jacques Perrin’s Oscar-nominated doc Winged Migration makes clear, this is an extraordinary thing. Positioning us alongside more than 20 species as they glide over 40 countries and countless bodies of water, Perrin creates images so crisp they seem almost too perfect to be real.

EXTRAS A 50-minute featurette explaining how the crew accomplished such a feat (hint: It involved training baby birdies and manipulating various glider-type vehicles) is fascinating, and made with as much tenderness for our feathered friends as the movie itself.

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