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Drôles d'oiseaux

Strange Birds

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Mavie is 27 years old and has just moved to the French capital from the provinces. She dreams of a future as a writer but is plagued by doubt and uncertainty. 76-year-old misanthrope Georges runs a bookshop in Paris – or has he merely been forced to take refuge there to escape his past? These are two peculiar creatures indeed. Georges is cynical and no longer expects much from life, while Mavie is still brimming with expectation. Yet something magical happens between them, until Georges' dark secret suddenly catches up with him – and Mavie is caught up in something very different...
Director Elise Girard succeeds in making a dreamlike film full of surprising absurdities. It’s not just love that appears out of the blue for the two protagonists, but also some quite literal strange birds. Girard depicts love beyond the barriers of age in a way that is both unexpected and moving, romantic instead of physical, timeless instead of fashionable. The film reminds us of the multifaceted nature of love as well as how fleeting it can be, existing not yesterday or tomorrow but above all in the present.

Elise Girard

France 2016


70’ · Colour


Lolita Chammah (Mavie)
Jean Sorel (Georges)
Virginie Ledoyen (Felicia)
Pascal Cervo (Roman)


Elise Girard
Elise Girard, Anne-Louise Trividic
Renato Berta
Thomas Glaser
Bertrand Burgalat
Sound Design
Olivier Dandre, Johan Nallet
Emmanuelle Villard
Production Design
Caroline Leroy
Janja Kralj, KinoElektron
Marc Simoncini, Reborn Production


Elise Girard

Born in Thouars, France. She studied Applied Foreign Languages and ‘Techniques et Langage des Médias’ (media techniques and language) before focussing on screenwriting. Since then, she has worked as a screenwriter and director.


2003 Seuls sont les indomptés, l’aventure des cinémas Action; 52 min. 2005 Roger Diamantis ou la vraie vie; 55 min. 2011 Belleville Tokyo; 75 min. 2016 Drôles d’oiseaux (Strange Birds)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017

Produced by

Reborn Production

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MPM Film