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Bird Island review – strange goings-on at a Swiss avian sanctuary

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This quasi-documentary about injured birds and distressed humans in a secluded locale will appeal to the most rarefied of viewers

Slow paced and deploying minimal sound – apart from gentle bursts of voiceover and the sound of wings and planes taking off – this Swiss-set quasi-documentary about a bird sanctuary is relaxing to watch, like one of those machines that plays the sound of waves breaking to help you fall asleep. And like one of those sleep machines, it’s a rarefied piece of kit that only a specific set of customers will see the point of spending money on. But those select few will probably be entranced by its peculiar nature: it is not quite a work of fiction and not quite a doc, but one in which the non-professional cast mostly play versions of themselves.

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