Bird People: Pascal Ferran’s Cannes Fest Film, Starring Josh Charles

“Bird People,” Pascale Ferran’s original film, was placed in the secondary series, Un Certain Regard, at the 2014 Cannes Film Fest.

Among many merits, the film boasts an astounding performance from Josh Charles (still best known for the TV series, “The Good Wife”) as an American business traveler, stuck in Paris due to a 24-hour delay.

The international cast of “Bird People” includes Anais Demoustier, Roschdy Zem, Camelia Jordana, Geoffrey Cantor, Clark Johnson, Taklyt Vongdara, Radha Mitchell and Mathieu Amalric.

It’s a tough film to review because of its surprise ending, but suffice is to say that the title of the feature is apt and quite accurate.

The feature describes the lives of the American businessman and the French chambermaid in his hotel, two solitary characters that don’t meet but whose destinies are interfaced, determined by fate as well as supernatural powers.

Set almost entirely inside the Hilton hotel near Charles de Gaulle Airport, “Bird People” is admittedly strange (especially in its last reel) and overlong, but it is by turns lyrical, risky, and touching, which should make it appealing to viewers seeking non-conventional arthouse foreign films.

Ferran, who won Cannes’ Camera d’Or for her 1994 debut, “Petits arrangements avec les morts,” wrote the screenplay of “Bird People” with Guillaume Breaud.  Though talented, Ferran has not been prolific: “Bird People” is her first film in eight years, after scoring a success with her D.H. Lawrence adaptation, “Lady Chatterley.”

The film is produced by Denis Freyd at Archipel 35, the co-production company of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “Two Days, One Night,” which played in competition.

The Parisian-based Films Distribution, which handles international sales, is negotiating with IFC for U.S. release.