Judy Irving ("The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill") follows a wayward California pelican from her "arrest" on the Golden Gate Bridge into care at a rehab facility and explores nesting ...
Director: Judy Irving
Writer: Judy Irving
Actors: Mark Bittner, Laura Corsiglia, Jacky Douglas, Laurie Harvey
Release Year: 2014
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Before I saw this, I wondered if there were enough interesting things to say about pelicans to fill 80 minutes. It turns out that much of the film consists of silent, extended shots of the birds flying and frolicking and fishing, slowed down to evoke a dream-like quality. So much of the film is in slow motion that at one point, the captions say "feeding frenzy (regular speed)" to point out that the technique is not in use for a change. It's an entertaining film, especially when its two star pelicans goof off for the camera and demonstrate their personalities, but it's minor even for an indie nature documentary. Nobody would argue that it should be longer.