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The Legend of Pale Male (2009)

 |  Documentary  |  9 May 2009 (USA)
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This is the true account of one of the most surprising and remarkable love stories in the history of New York. It begins in 1993, when a young man from Belgium looking to change his life ... See full summary »



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This is the true account of one of the most surprising and remarkable love stories in the history of New York. It begins in 1993, when a young man from Belgium looking to change his life has an unexpected encounter in Central Park. He meets a hawk. Not just any hawk, but a wild Redtail, a fierce predator that has not lived in the City for almost a hundred years. Compelled to follow this extraordinary creature, he buys a video camera and sets out to track the hawk. Little does he know that the journey will take him almost twenty years and lead him down many trails of life, death, birth, hope, and redemption. Affectionately known to New Yorkers as Pale Male, the hawk becomes a magnificent obsession and a metaphor for triumph against all odds. His nest, perched on a posh 5th Avenue co-op, starts out as a novel curiosity to a handful of avid birdwatchers but becomes an international tourist destination - a place of pilgrimage. Then, on a December afternoon without warning, in the space of... Written by Balcony Releasing

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A hawk, a city, a love story.





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$12,910 (USA) (26 November 2010)


$38,083 (USA) (31 December 2010)

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Very enjoyable
18 March 2011 | by (Saratoga Springs, NY) – See all my reviews

This is a refreshing story and film in these days of mega movie stars and special effects which seem all too necessary for film fans to leave the theater with a feeling their money was well spent. Granted, Frederic doesn't tell a story as well as Clint Eastwood does but I felt the simplicity and honesty was nonetheless endearing. The connection to the characters (including Pale Male) was real and heartwarming. If you behave yourself, be polite to people and dedicate a portion of your time here on earth to helping others; then you're the type of person who realizes that when you look deep down we have so many things to be grateful for and this film is a welcome reminder of that.

IMO, I think as a society we have come to feel that people are so complicated. We are surrounded by (TV, radio, films) that display mostly the worst traits in people (liars, cheaters, criminals etc.) or display people capable of extraordinary feats. People are not as complicated as pop media may indicate; deep down people have a basic desire to help and assist those in need, even if "those" happen to be a hawk.

Helping others does bring joy to oneself, watching this film will have the same effect... and by all means bring a friend.

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