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Friday, January 05, 2007

Winged Migration 

Gawd! It's been a long time since I've done a review for a book or movie. Below is my review posted in Amazon.com for Winged Migration:

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*Winged Migration* was a beautiful scenic film of birds migrating from the North to the South and back. Admittedly, it wasn't as majestic as *March of the Penguins* but it was still breathtaking to see all that was captured.

This film featured ducks, geese, cranes, storks, gulls, gannets, penguins and several other species of migratory birds. It is just amazing to see the miles they fly over long periods of time. It's amazing to see that they don't tire mid-flight and just skydive to the ground. They persevere.

The film opens with the migratory birds migrating to the Artic where it is warm. Upon arrival, they break away from the group and begin to mate. It's beautiful to see different mating rituals, including some of the most fascinating and graceful dances. Of course, we see the chicks. These little fluffballs are just adorable!

However, soon it's "sink or swim" for the youngs as the birds need to migrate back to north. Summers in the Artic are short-lived.

Not everything is pretty in this film. You'll see a small bird with a broken wing, devoured by a group of crabs. You'll see ducks and geese being shot down mid-flight by hunters. You'll see a duck stuck in a mud of oil. You'll see a goose entwined with a piece of netting around one of her feet. You'll see larger birds preying on the other birds. But that is part of the cycle of life.

The sceneries are just beautiful. The ocean. The desert. The mountains. The Artic. It just makes you wonder just how these filmmakers were able to capture all of these, including the birds in flight. Just simply enthralling!

It was no surprise to see that this movie, made from 4 years of filming, was an Academy Award nominee. I certainly look forward to more films by Jacques Perrin.