In English. No subtitles.
This eagle’s story begins in the nest where natural wonders come to life and the dangers of survival are imminent. The first-born chick pushes his brother from the cliff to certain doom on the forest floor. But fate intervenes, and the fledgling is found by a young boy, Lukas, living modestly in the mountains with his overbearing and widowed father. In secret, he cares for the eagle, which he names Abel. While Lukas has struggled to speak ever since his mother died, Abel’s presence offers the much needed affection denied to him at home. He eventually befriends his wise and caring neighbour (Jean Reno, Leon: The Professional) who takes Lukas under his wing and helps him process his grief by training the eagle. Soon the day will come when Lukas must release Abel back into the wild, so they may both learn to survive on their own.
Brothers of the Wind is a visually splendid and tensely gripping feast of nature images. The filmmakers have won a number of cinematography awards for their spectacular work (we recommend watching the teaser trailer, listed below!). As graphic as the natural world may appear, no animals were harmed in the making of this film; it has even received the stamp of approval from the World Wildlife Foundation.
Recommended for ages 10+
Themes: nature, trusting yourself, friendship, emotional development, grief, elders, abandonment, love
Advisory: Animals are caught and eaten by other animals, which may upset younger viewers. The young eagle has a few close encounters with predators, including it’s brother. Lukas’ father has a strong character, and expresses his grief through misdirected anger.