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.
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
Charming, subtle, engaging tale of what it means to be lost in modern life
Philip Baker Hall stars alongside a duck named Joe is this very cool, truly independent film about a man who has lost everything and given up hope, when he meets, and adopts a baby duck. Together they search Los Angeles for water and meaning.
This is a small film, with a big heart. There are wonderful cameo appearances by Amy Hill, Bill Cobbs, French Stewart and more. Philip Baker Hall is fabulous. The duck is great too! It is a simple story and not for everyone, but well worth a viewing if you enjoy real independently made, thoughtful films. If you like The Straight Story, Hard Eight, Cassavetes films, etc. you will enjoy this one.
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