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Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

1 rating: 3.0
A movie directed by Judy Irving

An uncommon bond between man and nature is the focus of Judy Irving's wonderful and informative documentary, THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL. The film follows Mark Bittner, an unemployed aging hippie, who lives off the kindness of strangers in the … see full wiki

Director: Judy Irving
Release Date: 2005
MPAA Rating: G
1 review about Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Slice of Consciousness

  • Jan 20, 2006
Pros: Fascinating, insightful, beautiful scenery, love story

Cons: not professionally produced

The Bottom Line: Good story, fascinating characters of San Francisco, touching.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.

After I enjoyed the March of the Penguins so much, the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill caught my eye at the local Blockbuster.

This documentary felt more "home produced" than others I have seen, however this had more personality than major production documentaries.

The title of this is a little misleading as it has a dual focus, one is the wild parrots who live in San Francisco and the other is the story of Mark, a kind homeless man who is the flock's caretaker.

San Francisco is so beautiful and is showed off well here, with lush gardens and city scenes. The people of San Fran are always a treat, marching proudly to their own rhythms. Meet Mark who looks like an old hippie with long long hair and scruffy beard. Self professed homeless and looking for meaning and direction his life, he unexpectedly discovered the wild parrots, or maybe the parrots discovered him.

Becoming a local celebrity for his interest and care of the birds, he finds his passion in life as he establishes a deep connection with these birds. He has many named and talks lovingly about them and their personalities. He nurses the sick and watches them raise their young and loves them as they provide a metaphore for his own life.

Of course the birds are fascinating but the real story is of Mark. His gentle soul is revealed slowly and perhaps a little clumsily throughout the film. Again, the production and soundtrack of the film do not feel "professionally produced" but it is the quality of the story makes this film compelling.

A good film about finding passion and meaning in life and the complicated and wonderful interactions of animals and humans. This film is suitable for all members of the family.


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children up to Age 4

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