“Starling” balances being cute and sad as a young spirit returns home for their birthday.

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On her birthday, a young spirit returns to Earth to celebrate the day with her parents, who are mourning her. However, getting back home becomes a difficult journey thanks to the wind and a whole lot of other obstacles.


Our Rating: Positive (Worth Seeing)Recommended

Notable Performances or Moments

You’re Gonna Cry

“Starling” exists strictly to make you cry. A spirit, on her birthday, visiting her parents, clearly in mourning, struggling to get home? Come on! But what elevates “Starling” is that the journey isn’t necessarily cheap. The girl is a new spirit, doesn’t seem to know the rules or how things work when it comes to moving about the human world, and it makes her adventure, which you assume isn’t something she can do on a whim, all the more emotionally impactful. Thus making the ending something you can’t help but shed tears over.

General Information

Director(s) Mitra Shahidi
Screenplay By Mitra Shahidi
Based On N/A
Date Released (Film Festival – Tribeca Film Festival) June 19, 2023
Genre(s) Youth, Animation
Film Length 9 Minutes
Content Rating Not Rated


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What Is “Starling” Rated And Why?

“Starling” is not rated and features nothing offensive.

Where Can I Watch “Starling?”

Tribeca At Home until July 2, 2023

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Starling (2023) – Movie Review and Summary (with Spoilers)

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