The Day of the Crows (2012) MIFF Film Review


Belgium/Canada/France 94 mins

A child is raised in the forest by his father and told that if he ventures outside of the forest, he will disappear. But after an accident, the boy’s spirit guides direct him to take his father from the forest to the nearby town for treatment. The boy is scared, but there he finds a girl who he can trust and learns about his past.

The Day of the Crows is such a beautiful film, with such heart. It is a film not just about isolation, but about fear of the other and mob violence. It’s also really nice to have an old-school animation rather than all the 3D CG Pixar-type animation. Don’t get me wrong – I love Toy Story. But this is far more beautiful.

The Day of the Crows  screens at ACMI on Tuesday, August 6 at 1:30pm and Thursday, August 8 at 1:30pm. To book tickets, visit

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