The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos

The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos

This documentary observes the mysterious lives of flamingos on Lake Natron in northern Tanzania from a bird's eye view. 3.4 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos

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Certificate
Genre Documentary
Director Leander Ward Matthew Aeberhard
Cast Zabou Breitman
Studio Walt Disney UK
Release Date September 2009
Running Time 75 min
 

This documentary observes the mysterious lives of flamingos on Lake Natron in northern Tanzania from a bird's eye view.

Reviews

The Financial Times

Martin Hoyle

A patently devoted labour of love – are wildlife filmmakers capable of anything else? – it shows a painterly eye in frame after exquisitely judged frame, not afraid of economy and balance – one shot of a speck moving towards others, distantly clustered, on a blank blue background, evokes the spare mastery of a Chinese watercolour. British directors Matthew Aeberhard and Leander Ward are turning wildlife movies into a new art form.

23/09/2009

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The Scotsman

Mike McCahill

The narration – read by Mariella Frostrup – is informative, but the film has been constructed in a more poetic, mythical way by Aeberhard, Ward and writer Melanie Finn to ensure that the story of these odd-looking birds is told mainly through the magnificent images and sounds captured.

25/09/2009

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Time Out

Derek Adams

...in the pantheon of wildlife docs, this one’s a corker: the cinematography is exquisite; it’s admirably devoid of any overt anthropomorphism; the narration, while a little too mythical in context, is informative; the music is perfect; and, for a Disney-branded film, it’s surprisingly willing to face up to the more grisly side of life in the wild.

24/09/2009

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Variety

Jordan Mintzer

"Flamingos" is less an educational documentary than a kind of all-natural bird spectacular, with more emphasis placed on sleek photography than raw facts. Indeed, the narration -- in the French version spoken by actress Zabou Breitman -- is mostly elusive or suggestive (example: "Each bird has its own story, its own mystery ... "), with only minimal scientific info provided.

25/01/2009

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

The scenes of adult flamingos standing against the backdrop of the lake’s flat, pale-blue surface might have been designed by Pixar. It’s a pity that the commentary is such a terrible shade of purple.

27/09/2009

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The Times

Kevin Maher

However, the film, a year in the life of flamingos, soon finds its feet, and settles into a pattern of eye-gouging imagery and slightly bonkers New Age narration. “The story of the bird is a promise to us, nature’s affirmation,” says Frostrup, with a post-coital sigh.

25/09/2009

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

The footage is glorious, but the pseudo-Biblical script, read by Mariella Frostrup, makes you pine for David Attenborough.

27/09/2009

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

This beautifully shot nature documentary, directed by Matthew Aeberhard and Leander Ward, is spectacular.

25/09/2009

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The Mirror

Mark Adams

Attenborough fans will enjoy

20/09/2009

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The Observer

Philip French

This very beautiful British documentary, made with backing from the Disney organisation, follows the millions of flamingos that fly up and down the Rift Valley, breeding under bizarre circumstances on Lake Natron in northern Tanzania.

27/09/2009

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