In an airport hotel on the outskirts of Paris, a Silicon Valley engineer abruptly chucks his job, breaks things off with his wife, and holes up in his room. Soon, fate draws him and a young French maid together.


“Bird People” has been called a dark fairy tale by some. Honestly, most fairy tales don’t involve dead servants. Well, some do…the Grimm Brothers were weird Germans. There’s a strong anti-technology bent to the film and I think that the filmmakers wanted the maid to represent something. But, too many ideas were forced onscreen without taking a moment to allow the story to find its beats. Pacing is such a key issue that gets neglected at an alarming rate by modern filmmakers. Audiences will pay attention if you give them something to watch.

Josh Charles is a great actor, but I’m not sure if he’s lead material. He fits the listless American worker exist in a hotel, as he focuses in too much on the small details of the junk that fills his existence. The French woman plays a maid that functions at time like a magical pixie dream corpse. Reality is in flux, as no one is ever quite sure what’s going on. Honestly, I’m wondering why I’m having to read my Cliff Notes on the film to make sense of what I watched. I get that there are “Good Wife” fans out there that will give the film a shot, but I have no plans on ever revisiting it.

The DVD comes with a trailer as the only special feature. The A/V Quality is pretty decent for standard definition. The A/V Quality is supportive enough. The transfer lacks any punch-up. But, the Dolby 5.1 track carries the dialogue. In the end, it’s a rental.


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