‘Drunken Birds’ is a Turbulent Drama Rife with Heartache
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drunken Birds had its world premiere this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. A release date has not yet been set.