In the first seconds of the film Open your wings, we are warned that the project is based on a true story. And yes, that is true. In fact, if you search on the internet, you quickly find the source material: Christian Moullec is an ornithologist (an expert in the avian branch of zoology) who, since the 90s, has been raising wild geese and guiding them on their migratory routes. mounted on an ultralight aircraft. Their travels for years have served to raise awareness about the importance of the existence of the species.
From the outset, it must be made clear – in case the previous introduction had not done so – that everything would have worked better as a documentary, since the way in which man connects with the animals he studies is impressive. So symbiotic is this relationship that it would have been fascinating to explore it from the real Moullec’s perspective, but sadly, this is not what you get.
On the contrary, when you see the finished product, it is clear that it was made following a formula. For some reason, the film puts the subject that inspired it in the background and instead focuses on his fictional son, Thomas, a 14-year-old boy who, far from appreciating Christian’s work and accompanying him to the reservation where he leads Having made his observations, he prefers to stay locked in his house playing video games.
The boy, who at first is reluctant to learn the trade from his father, little by little begins to take an interest in the difficult task of gaining the trust of birds to train them in travel. In the interim, he becomes fond of the smallest and most insecure member of the flock (because of course, if you want to win over the respectable one, it never hurts to include the friendship between a boy and a pet).
This, without a doubt, is the main mistake of the whole set, since a lot of time is wasted presenting something that has already been seen countless times on screen. The truth is that it is strange that this happened, because within the team of writers appears the name of the protagonist himself – or should he be called a secondary character? -.
In the end, it is confusing the fact that, having the capacity to make decisions in the production, Moullec has chosen to make a child the hero, taking weight off the plot. One of two: either he does not like to be a leading man or in reality he only appears accredited by commitment and all the power was held by the studio, the latter being the option that fits the best.
In conclusion, neither an impressive photograph, by Éric Guichard, nor a hypnotizing music, composed by Armand Amar, is capable of saving the film Abre tus alas from feeling like a conventional fan fiction, as if the expert had wanted fulfill a whim of being represented in a biographical film. Well, at least you can proudly say that you did that.
Original title: Donne-moi des ailes
Director: Nicolas Vanier (L’école buissonnière)
Protagonists: Jean-Paul Rouve, Mélanie Doutey
Release date:September 16, 2020 (US)
José Roberto Landaverde Cinephile and music lover. I love to write, listen, read and comment on everything related to the seventh art. I think Fleetwood Mac is underrated. I’m a fan of Rocky and Back to the Future and obviously one day I’ll go up the « Philly Steps » and drive a DeLorean. Faithful believer that the cinema is the best teleportation machine, and also that on the big screen we can all see ourselves represented.