‘Drunken Birds’ is a Turbulent Drama Rife with Heartache

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Drunken Birds is centered around a sort of hopeless romanticism, but at its core, it unravels a somber social commentary about the exploitation of migrant workers caught in the nets of a white man’s world.

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Willy (Jorge Antonio Guerrero) is driven by a desire to do the right thing, a desire that nearly brings his undoing in the end. He is a newcomer to a rural farming community in Quebec, where he is hired on as a seasonal worker.

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In Quebec, he finds work on a farm owned by Richard (Claude Legault) and his wife Julia (Helene Florent) and, yet again, Willy finds himself caught in a mess.

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Grbovic does extremely well with painting the picture he sets out to paint. There is a really stunning moment in the film where Willy emerges from the foggy cornfields with Lea in his arms.

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Drunken Birds had its world premiere this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. A release date has not yet been set. 

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