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Birds of Passage (2018)

Pájaros de verano (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 13 February 2019 (USA)
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During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his indigenous family get involved in a war to control the business that ends up destroying their lives and their culture.

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Maria Camila Arias, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal (as Jacques Toulemonde) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmiña Martínez Carmiña Martínez ... Úrsula
José Acosta José Acosta ... Rapayet
Natalia Reyes ... Zaida
Jhon Narváez Jhon Narváez ... Moisés
Greider Meza Greider Meza ... Leonídas
José Vicente José Vicente ... Peregrino (as José Vicente Cote)
Juan Bautista Martínez Juan Bautista Martínez ... Aníbal
Miguel Viera Miguel Viera ... The Pupil
Sergio Coen Sergio Coen ... Singing Shepherd
Aslenis Márquez Aslenis Márquez ... Indira
José Naider José Naider ... Miguel Dionisio
Yanker Díaz Yanker Díaz ... Leonidas as a Child
Víctor Montero Víctor Montero ... Isidoro
Joaquín Ramón Joaquín Ramón ... Gabriel
Jorge Lascarro Jorge Lascarro ... Sigifredo
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During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his indigenous family get involved in a war to control the business that ends up destroying their lives and their culture.

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Taglines:

La verdadera historia del origen del narcotráfico. [The true story of the origins of drug trafficking.] See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Trivia

The directors, Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, were a married couple, but divorced during production of the film. See more »

Quotes

Minister: Your deeds will have to back up your words.
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Crazy Credits

Acknowledgements include: "A Santa Marta, la Virgen de la Candelaria y de la Guadalupe. Al amor que todo lo puede." See more »

Soundtracks

El Caballo Liberal
Composed by Pacho Rada
Performed by Almer Mendoza (as Adalmer Mendoza), Edgar Britto (as Edgar Bruto), Jorge Brito, Javier Jiménez
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Cartels, lovely and deadly.
21 March 2019 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

Birds of Paradise takes a familiar subject, the Colombian drug scene in the '60's and '70's, and makes it into a watchable Godfather saga. Family is the center of the action leading to, you guessed it, warring drug kingdoms. The cinematography is lush, the actors authentic, and the themes eternal.

The stuff that makes the world happy, weed, comes down from the mountains to the small airplanes, which fly north to the US, a pleased customer bringing prosperity to otherwise impoverished Colombians. Marriage promises families forever linked until capitalism, not communism, rends even the strongest familial ties.

The five "cantos" embrace happiness and misery in equal measure: wild grass, the graves, prosperity, the war, and limbo. The coming out party of gorgeous Zaida (Natalia Reyes) presages a bright future for her Wayuu tribe with a blazing-red silk dress and stunning face paint. However, the imposing mother Ursula (Carmina Martinez) demands an expensive dowry that suitor Rapayet (Jose Acosta) might have difficulty offering. This matriarch gives the lie to any theory that Latino culture is purely patriarchal.

Ambition leads to drug running, family feuding, and temporary wealth. The riches are embodied in the colorful fabrics that are flamboyant and garish at the same time. The dark downfalls could be written about anywhere.

Birds of Passage is an engaging and beautiful gloss on the effects of tribalism and the corruptions of wealth and power, exacerbated by the obsession with the belief in family to die for at all costs. It is a glowing and menacing reprise of the Colombian Corleone days set amongst the indigenous Wayuu, for whom only a few moments are in paradise.


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Ciudad Lunar | Official Facebook | See more »

Language:

Wayuu | Spanish | English

Release Date:

13 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

La Guajira, Colombia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,082, 17 February 2019

Gross USA:

$507,259

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,517,405
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2.35 : 1
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