Pascale Ferran has made only four full-length films in her career (which began back in 1983). Her most famous is Lady Chatterly from 2006, based on the D.H. Lawrence novel, but I would not be surprised if it's her new one, BIRD PEOPLE, that genuine movie-lovers (the kind who don't mind reading subtitles or wrestling with theme and meaning) will remember best. This is such an unusual movie. But it is so in ways very different from most of what passes in front of our eyes. It begins with a kind of rhapsody/tapestry of people going, being and doing (mostly via their modern conveniences), walking, riding and talking. The entire film lasts two hours and seven minutes, yet the time truly seems to fly by.
That fine actor, whom we don't see often enough in movies, Josh Charles (shown below), plays Gary, a high roller/part owner of a Silicon Valley company arriving in France for a big business deal. What happens to him and why takes us through the first half of the film.
Anaïs Demoustier (below), most recently seen in The French Minister, plays Audrey, a chambermaid at the airport hotel in which Gary is lodging, who is using her earnings there to help put herself through university.
Radha Mitchell that is evocative and heartbreaking -- at a distance. This scene is an enormous accomplishment for the actors and the filmmaker.
Life of Pi. In retrospect, that poor pigeon from Amour was an absolute piker in the acting department.)
Sundance Selects/IFC Films -- opens this Friday after appearances at Cannes and Toronto. Here in NYC you can see it at the IFC Center. Elsewhere? Don't know, but since the movie is simultaneously making its VOD debut across country, you'll have ample opportunity to see it.