"Children of the stork" is a completely off-the-rails road movie that deals with some potent social and political issues, while it entertains. It succeeds at doing both, and the end result is an unforgettable look at three young rebels, who take to the open road, when they discover a stork, who turns out to be an illegal Arab immigrant, hiding out in France. Together they will try to get the stork to the German border, where it will be safe. It is nuts, but it all makes sense, and it is not as innocent and harmless as it sounds. Mixed in with the comic moments, is some very angry feelings concerning France's treatment of Arabs, mainly Algerians, who have come to make a life for themselves while holding onto their own identity.
Je suis né d’une cigogne is both an insanely anarchic portrait of adolescent rebellion and an ingenious parable of social exclusion and immigration in an uncaring society. Social realism rapidly gives way to black comedy and madcap surrealism in a film which broaches some pressing social issues with precision and well-intended irony. From both its look and its content, Je suis né d’une cigogne feels like a blatant homage to the works of Jean-Luc Godard, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave. The plot looks like a crazy mélange of Godard’s À bout de souffle , Pierrot le fou and Weekend, whilst the manic use of jump cutting and over-exposure is Godard’s technique carried to an extreme which even Godard may have considered excessive. It may seem unlikely but this very unusual visual style works well and the result is something that is far more substantial and worthy than a shameless appropriation of another director’s technique.
Chaque matin Otto et Louna se croisent dans le RER. Otto vit dans une HLM avec sa mere. Il est chomeur et vend un journal pour SDF. Louna est coiffeuse et vit chez une vieille dame harcelee par les huissiers. Un jour ils decident de tout plaquer. Accompagnes d'Ali, un jeune immigre fugueur et spirituel, ils volent une voiture et partent au hasard des routes. Une cigogne blessee trouvee au bord du chemin va donner un sens a leur cavale. Ils l'adoptent, la baptisent Mohamed, decident de lui faire passer la frontiere allemande pour retrouver ses parents.