In 2009, when Los Angeles' last city park is closed to the public, a dispossessed man -- and the duck who follows him as a mother -- quest west, on foot, in search of water and meaning, in the desert that is L.A.
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Amy Jo Johnson,
Philip Baker Hall
An exiled magician finds an opportunity for revenge against his enemies muted when his daughter and the son of his chief enemy fall in love in this uniquely structured retelling of the 'The... See full summary »
A blighted Los Angeles in 2009. Arthur is recently widowed, his savings wiped out by his wife's illness. Their only son is long dead. Alone, Arthur adopts and is adopted by a duckling he names Joe. Saved from suicide, Arthur's life becomes caring for Joe and keeping clean a pond on land near his son's memorial tree. Homelessness awaits Arthur, and although he experiences a great deal of unkindness - from a bus driver, motorists, and animal control officers - he also offers and finds kindness. The pond drained, Arthur and Joe head west on a picaresque journey. Is there room for angels in Los Angeles? Written by
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This writer/director is bound for glory. A beautiful movie full of emotion and ideas. Incredible performance by Hall. Gorgeous cinematography. DO NOT MISS THIS MOVIE!!!!
The story sounds sentimental. It is not. This movie hooks you in in the first five minutes and keeps you involved throughout.
Yes, it has a political point of view -- since when did that become a bad thing? It's about how homeless people, even just lonely people, are shunned. The hero is not self-pitying, nor sanctimonious. He is very human, that's all. It's not a movie about a man and a duck, it's about one creature deciding to live in order to keep another creature alive, a profound decision and yet the movie succeeds at the most concrete level too -- the level of detail.
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