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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?

  • 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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  • Its 2009, Jeb Bush is the president, and the country has lost its social services, social graces, public parks, and common sense. Philip Baker Hall plays a widower who, having outlived his family and friends, now finds himself without a home. But -- he does have a duck, and together they travel the city in search of water and meaning in the desert that is Los Angeles. DUCK is a sad-funny story of hope and survival set in our as-of-yet avertable future. Provocative, insightful, subversive, sublime, here is a character piece about two unlikely heroes who find purpose, redemption, and grace proving, in rather surreal and ingenious fashion, that theres nothing common about decency, nor the survival of the humane...

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