FILM Kicks presents “And The Birds Rained Down” Oct 15




“Touching, heartbreaking, and dangerously thought-provoking, And the Birds Rained Down will force you to re-examine your relationship with yourself, the world around you, and the people you love.”
Globe & Mail

7:30pm Thursday Oct 15, 2020 at the Golden Cinema
Advance tickets only at AGOG or call 250 344-6186
Due to Covid-19 physical distancing only 35 seats (approx.) available.
See note below.

On the outskirts of a small Quebec town, on the shore of a beautiful lake, live three old men (Gilbert Sicotte, Rémy Girard, Kenneth Welsh) in cabins, set apart from society. They’re hermits in the technical sense, but they’re not total recluses. They live normal lives. They swim in the lake. They play with their dogs. Tom (Girard) plays his guitar. And they’re practical, to an extent: they grow a little weed to pay for supplies delivered by young Steve (Éric Robidoux), who works at the motel in town.

We spend a little time with them, and begin to understand that these men – or at least Tom and Charlie (Sicotte) – have pretty good reasons for withdrawing from the larger world. But it can’t last: the wildfires to the north are getting closer, threatening their camp, and people keep wandering into their utopia.

A photographer (Ève Landry) arrives to document the survivors of another disastrous blaze decades earlier. And then Steve shows up with his aunt (Andrée Lachapelle), who’s spent decades in a psychiatric hospital and could do with some relative peace and quiet.

And The Birds Rained Down is about the ends of things, and possibly the beginning of something else. Adapting a novel by Jocelyne Saucier, writer/director Louise Archambault sets aside the mushy uplift of her 2013 breakout Gabrielle for a more sombre look at aging and relationships, and how people choose to face their last days.

It’s muted and moving, patiently assembling its characters and gliding alongside them, offering us a sense of individual stories coming together. The narrative balances its familiarity with texture and feeling there aren’t too many surprises, but Archambault offers a specificity – a sense of people and place – that grows richer and more moving as her film unfolds.

The actors are perfectly cast. Sicotte and Girard are enthralling as the aging heroes, who treasure their shared solitude but are willing to welcome people in need, and Andrée Lachapelle – who died last fall – delivers an exquisitely felt valedictory performance as a woman experiencing life for the first time.

Film fans please note that with the renovations at the Golden Cinema the main screening room is now smaller and has fewer seats available. Given Covid-19 precautions for physical distancing only 35 ADVANCE tickets (approx.) will be available available in person at the Art Gallery of Golden or by calling 250 344-6186. Please follow the directions of our volunteers when entering the cinema.

Thanks to our Film Kicks volunteer group for curating the film selections and hosting film nights at the Golden Cinema! Given Covid-19 our volunteer group has decided to do a trial run with this first film. If all goes well, please look for additional film nights to be announced later if possible.