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Kestrel's Eye (1998)

Falkens öga (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 25 December 1998 (Sweden)
Filmed over several years, it is a wonder-filled portrait of a family of kestrels (European falcons) who live in a church tower above a small Swedish town. The amazing cinematography, nominated for a Swedish Oscar.

Director:

Mikael Kristersson
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Caisa Persson Caisa Persson ... Cyklist
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Filmed over several years, it is a wonder-filled portrait of a family of kestrels (European falcons) who live in a church tower above a small Swedish town. The amazing cinematography, nominated for a Swedish Oscar.

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Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Sweden

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None

Release Date:

25 December 1998 (Sweden) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,034, 30 January 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,673, 1 October 2000
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Color

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1.66 : 1
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A season in the life of a Kestrel family.
17 April 2000 | by raptorphileSee all my reviews

Kestrel's Eye documents the life of a family of European Kestrels during a breeding season. All aspects of the birds' lives are filmed from pre-breeding and hunting, through copulation, to growth and fledging. A camera was even placed inside the nest area so as to capture the private moments of incubation, hatching, feeding, and growth (I read that Kristersson insured that the birds were not disturbed during filming). The film nicely contrasts the Kestrels' existence with that of humans by filming from the birds' perspective and using only ambient sound for the soundtrack. Thus the viewer witnesses human life as an observer rather than a participant. Although the direction is nice, some of the filming is a bit 'rough' due to the fact that following birds of prey is not easy. The result is a film that is a wonderful nature documentary and a statement of how far removed from nature humans can be. Highly recommendable for nature-lovers (especially birders) and anyone who has ever asked, "Why would someone want to study birds?"


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