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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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
It was like a very liberal anvil was dropped on my head
I had very high hopes for this film, unfortunately it fell quite short. Not that this film was a complete waste of time, Phillip Baker Hall was great and the duck was cute. That's pretty much as much praise as I can give this film. The production design as well was very good and I'm willing to wager that they had to make the most out of a limited budget, kudos for that. I wish I could give it more but I can't. This film has no real plot to speak of and at times just seems to drag on and on. Especially the first half hour, where it's pounded into our heads that Arthur has bonded with the duck, we get it, move on. As far as I can figure, this film is a series of vignettes under the theme of mans inhumanity to man and aspires to be a "slice of life" film a la many films by Spike Lee. Now while I understand that this is a socially conscious film, it's message was not alluded to nor did it embrace the viewer to think, so much as it told the audience what to think. Completely didactic in it's message and heavy handed in it's execution, one can only attribute this to poor story telling.
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