And the Birds Rained Down (2019)


And the Birds Rained Down (2019)
Il pleuvait des oiseaux (original title)

Quebec, Canada, Nowadays. Three elderly hermits live deep in the woods, cut off from the rest of the world. While wildfires threaten the region, their quiet life is about to be shaken by the arrival of two women - A luminous octogenarian, unjustly institutionalized her whole life, and a young photographer charged with interviewing survivors of the region's deadliest forest fire. After the death of the eldest hermit, the two women make an astonishing discovery: hundreds of paintings echoing his tragic experience related to that devastating fire. A story of intertwined destinies, where love can happen at any age.
IMDb   7.5 /10
TheMovieDb    7.4 /10
FilmAffinity   5.8 /10
Director Louise Archambault
Writer Louise Archambault
Writer Jocelyne Saucier
Release Date2019-09-13
Runtime2h 7mins
Content Rating
Awards4 wins & 9 nominations.
CompanyFilms Outsiders, Les
Éric Robidoux
Éric Robidoux
Louise Portal
Louise Portal
Maude Audet
Maude Audet
Chanteuse au bar
Policière SQ disparition
Francine Beaudry
Francine Beaudry
Épouse feux
Joseph Bellerose
Joseph Bellerose
Jean-Jacques Blanchet
Jean-Jacques Blanchet
Grand brûlé
Anne Boulianne
Anne Boulianne
Femmes funérailles
Denise Dubois
Denise Dubois
Femme âgée feux

And the Birds Rained Down

And the Birds Rained Down (French: Il pleuvait des oiseaux) is a 2019 Canadian drama film, directed by Louise Archambault. An adaptation of the novel by Jocelyne Saucier, the film centres on a group of senior citizens living off-the-grid in a wilderness setting, whose orderly and quiet lives are threatened by changes in their personal group dynamics after the death of the group leader and the arrival of a new outsider.

The film's cast includes Rémy Girard, Gilbert Sicotte, Andrée Lachapelle, Ève Landry, Louise Portal and Kenneth Welsh. The film was nominated for five Canadian Screen Awards, with Girard winning for Best Supporting Actor.


The film premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, and was commercially released to theatres in September 2019.

In December 2019, the film was named to TIFF's annual year-end Canada's Top Ten list.


AwardDate of ceremonyCategoryRecipient(s)ResultRef(s)
Canadian Screen Awards28 May 2020Best Adapted ScreenplayLouise ArchambaultNominated
Best ActorGilbert SicotteNominated
Best Supporting ActorRémy GirardWon
Best Costume DesignCaroline PoirierNominated
Best Overall SoundJean Camden, Sylvain Bellemare, Bernard Gariépy Strobl, Stéphane LarivièreNominated
Gothenburg Film Festival24 January–3 February 2020Dragon AwardWon
Prix Iris10 June 2020Best FilmGinette PetitNominated
Best ActorGilbert SicotteWon
Best ActressAndrée LachapelleWon
Best Supporting ActorRémy GirardNominated
Best Supporting ActressÈve LandryNominated
Best ScreenplayLouise ArchambaultNominated
Best CinematographyMathieu LaverdièreNominated
Best Art DirectionMarie-Claude Gosselin, Jean LebourdaisNominated
Best Original MusicAndréa Bélanger, David RattéNominated
Best Costume DesignCaroline PoirierNominated
Best HairstylingMartin LapointeNominated
Best CastingKarel Quinn, Lucie RobitailleNominated
Public PrizeWon
San Sebastián International Film Festival20–28 September 2019Guipuzcoan Blood-Donors' Association Corresponding to the Solidarity AwardWon